Moment of Truth After Taking Time Off
It’s been a while since I’ve posted. It’s not that I haven’t been running but more that training hasn’t changed a whole heck of a lot and it’s not always useful to readers to read the same thing over and over again.
While training has been going well, it hasn’t been at a pace that I would like. A big reason for that is, my side business is exploding. I really can’t, nor will I complain about that because I’m helping people and getting some extra income on the side. The bad thing is that it has cut into my marathon training. Plain and simple I haven’t been getting enough miles in each week.
So this morning I finally got up and went out for a run. No excuses. I really didn’t know what to expect because it’s been a while since I’ve ran a long distance. Sure, I’ve been running 7-8 miles a week but haven’t really pushed myself. My goal today was just to see how far I could go without walking.
The first half of my run went great. My legs felt amazing and you really couldn’t ask for better running conditions. It was cloudy, and for the most part cool. Toward the end everything had changed. The sun was out, the humidity was creeping in and it was taking a toll on my body. Finally, I got to the point where my body just had enough and it was just time to shut it down. I wanted to push and go a little further but didn’t want to risk an injury. It wouldn’t be the smartest thing to do.
I really didn’t know how far I went until I looked down at my FitBit and saw that I stopped at 15 miles. Not bad for taking time off.
The final few miles, my mind was begging me to stop. Instead I decreased the pace and tried to focus more on my surroundings. It definitely worked. When I got home, my legs felt like Jello. There’s nothing like a cold shower and laying on the couch after an exhausting run.
The marathon is in October so I still have time get on track and find a way to build up an additional 11 miles. I definitely need to focus these last few months and pick up the pace. This is a great starting point after taking time off.