Boston isn’t going to suck. At least not suck as much as it could.
Why you ask? Because I have a pain free 20 miler yesterday
That’s not to say the run was fun or amazing. It was, in fact, one of the hardest run I think I’ve ever had to do. Definitely on the mental side and highly probable one physical side too.
Weather wise: mother nature decided to bless me (and probably everyone in the area) with amazing weather. You know all that snow that we / the weather men thought was going to materialize on Friday? April Fools! Guess Mother Nature wanted to play a joke on us. Sure, we got the white stuff Thursday night but Friday was dry. Cloudy and threatening to precipitate. But dry.
Which is good because it let me have amazing run Friday afternoon. In the late afternoon though, which (I know I’ve posted about it before so don’t kill me for being a complete broken record!) is when I run best. It did take quite some motivation to get out the door but it was my fastest run post-sick/IT band. It felt good and was encouraging.
This fact, however, made me a little leery yet hopeful for my long run Saturday. I wasn’t even sure if a long run was “smart”. I had originally planned to do a 2 week taper so wayyyy back when I already knew that this weekend was going to be long. I hadn’t counted on the training going the way it has buttttt yesterday was supposed to be a long one.
I do realize that I should have written up my feelings toward this run right after. Because I was happy and exhausted and hungry (yet not at the same time) but now, sitting on the couch the next day, I really can’t capture that again. I also feel like I haven’t written a good training run post in awhile. So bear with me if my thoughts are all over the place!
But, from what I do remember….
Since it’s been touch and go with my leg as to whether or not my runs are fun and happy I decided to run 4 loops to get my miles in. Ever since moving to Providence, I’ve found that loops are right for me right now (I can mix and match, quit early if I need to etc). Mentally it’s nice for me too, I can pass my apartment several times and resist temptation to stop. Bamf. Plus, it’s mentally easy too because all I have to say to myself is something along the lines of “less than 5 miles” because each loop is ~5 miles. WINNING
Like I mentioned above the weather was perfect for running: 50 degrees! Hello spring! I was so warm that I changed into tank top after first loop. And shed the gloves (don’t judge, my hands get cold easily!) but during one of the loops there was rain and it cooled off. Quite a bit, but it ended with lots of sun, and sweat on my part, WTF?
The loops of the long run themselves were pretty…I want to say even but they weren’t. Overall the trend of the run was “do not quit” because mentally I struggled to make it through at times. After completing the first two loops (and thus half the run) I told myself that if I could just muddle through the 3rd loop that I could quit (it would have been ~16 miles at that point). The third loop ended up being mentally good to me (probs because the sun came out) and the fourth one, although very fatiguing, was exciting and exhilarating. That’s not to say that I wanted to be out there because it was exhausting. But I was doing it goddammit.
Pace wise: the first one was WAY fast. Almost too fast for how my running has been going lately. The second one was still fast but felt reasonable, I didn’t feel like I was whipping down the path. The last two were much slower — especially the fourth one — so my overall pace was still slow. But it was an encouraging run nonetheless. No pain during it, although maybe a bit sore during the last mile. My leg, however, was very achy immediately after.
After eating and showering that dissipated completely. And hasn’t returned as of right now as I type this. My quads are sore (both of them) so we’ll see if I get out there for a nice shake-out run. The weather is pretty amazing again. It makes me question why I’d want to move out of here in the first place. Then I remember the past 3+ months of cold hell. And the fact that snow showers are predicted overnight. About that…….
Regardless, today is ICE CREAM SUNDAE day. Truth be told, I don’t really like the toppings of a sundae all that much (kind of how I like “salad” aka everything but lettuce). So it’s more just the ice cream I’m going to eat in celebration. But whatever