Hello and Happy Day to you!
I had another 13 mile run on the calendar this weekend.
I am proud to say I did it!
But, as you can see from the blog title and waving turtle…
(I sense a theme here)
it was not fast.
In fact, it was the EXACT opposite of fast.
It was one of the slowest long runs in the history of running.
Not really, but it sure felt that way.
I know that long runs are supposed to be slow, but this was crazy.
I just couldn’t get my legs going.
Finally, I had to just stop looking at my watch and let it go.
Which was tough for me because I am usually SUPER focused on my pace, even on long runs.
But it was kind of nice to shut my brain off for a little bit.
So there’s that.
To be honest, I almost gave up like 2 million times.
The negative voice in my head was out in full force.
I didn’t listen to it.
I just kept chugging along!
I was reminded on that run, that running is a mental battle.
Your legs can do pretty much anything you tell it to.
But most of the time it is your mind you have to convince.
Some days your mind is strong and running feels great.
Other days… not so much.
This long run definitely fell in the “not so much” category.
But, did it give up?
I kept going!
So, the next time you have a “not so much” day, remember this story…
And do it anyway.
Have you ever had a “not so much” run?
How did you make it through?