of double digit runs. Of course I knew that Saturday = long run so it wasn’t unplanned but still. 3 days in a row of double digits? Hollerrrr. Not sure if I should be proud of this or a bit embarrassed because I let myself just go and not take into account how my body is going to react to it. It can’t be that *great* for my body this constant prolonged pounding day in and out. Even though it feels good.
And it really does. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to address it but to clear up anything if you’ve been wondering: SpecialK brought up an interesting comment on my post yesterday. She didn’t want to congratulate me on my run as, and this was my inference, my run felt compulsorily. And at first I was a bit offended: so true that running does feel like a compulsion to me but it doesn’t feel unhealthy at the same time (if that makes sense). It’s my stress release the only thing that lets me feel like I can shuck the heaviness of school, family etc that press down on me. I’ve felt that, on the whole, my running has been in “normal levels” (whatever that means).
At least overall: my behavior the past two days (and today which I’ll get to soon) has definitely looked like an obsession. I mean, come on, I think that for *most* ppl — and I definitely put myself in this category — running lots of double digits runs day after day doesn’t work. And I know this and acknowledge this: even my body is starting to feel a bit sore and stiff after so many miles.
Not quite sure where that ramble was / is going BUT where I want to get is here: I’m totally aware that I’ve been running myself like crazy. And I know that I can’t keep this up — nor do I have any desire to. But, being home, the only place for me to have “me time” is out on the roads. Which is why the past 4 days have had high miles. But thank you SpecialK for letting me realize this and actually think about all the miles I’ve been pushing myself to do. Ironically all this thinking was on my LR today but it’s nice to be able to see my motivations behind why I run the way I do in certain moments.
Today was also a day where I decided I have a love / hate relationship with the wind. It was soooooo blustery out. I think I like (and maybe I’m just crazy here) a head wind better. A tail wind makes me feel like I’m “cheating the system” so to speak — although I will be the first to take a tail wind in a race! A tail wind also turns my long pony tail into a whip and I’m very surprised that I did not lose an eye on today’s run. Luckily the wind cut both ways so I got an equal amount of tail and head winds as well as some nice side gusts that almost pushed me into traffic!
The day was also clear and sunny so it was perfect conditions for my long run. I have only one real long run route at home (not home enough to spend time working out stuff that’s not combos of routes) so I planned on doing that. It’s 13 miles so I was really hoping that my legs would hold up. Like I said above, my body is feeling some effects of my high miles even though it’s not in pain or hurt. I didn’t have to worry though as my legs felt fine. A little bit weak/sore at the end but I think that would have happened regardless.
In true MarathonMaiden fashion I added an extra 2 miles onto the route. I almost didn’t but was spurred on by a fresh feeling around mile 11. Call it a Last Mile Party of sorts. The thing about these parties is that they really should only be LAST MILE and not last 4,but it lasted about 3 regardless. The last mile was a bit fading. Not rough but I *did* let up the pace a bit. I think the last mile I realized that 15.1 miles is a LONG ASS RUN. But, as has been the trend lately, my pace was dead on. Not wicked fast but solid. Not quite like that 2 week period where I felt flying but much better than the alternative I suppose. I think the alternating head and tail winds helped to make that possible.
Certainly not the partying last night. Heh. I had a bit much to drink but luckily I am one smart cookie and drank plenty of water too so my record of no hangovers ever is still intact 🙂 It was great seeing my high school friends and cutting loose with them, some of the people there I hadn’t seen in years. It was just a really great blast from the past filled with drinks and dancing and singing!
I have the option to do this again tonight but it depends on how much more work I can bang out. I kind of want to just stay in: with all the running and going out I’ve been doing lately (ummm can we say T-W-R and F?) I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of things in excess and a night to “detox” is what I need. Plus, as much work as I’ve done in the past few days I certainly need to do a bit more. Also I’m driving back to school in the early AM (gotta get out of here fast haha) and I want to not feel sleep deprived / exhausted. Oh man, can you tell I’m trying to rationalize this?! Hahaha.