10 Miles to Restore My Faith
Miles Today; 10
Miles This Week; 17
Tune of the Run – Eminem – I’m Coming Home
I woke up today knowing I needed to bang out 10 miles to keep on track with my training. I set my alarm for 7. It woke me up and I immediately shut it off and changed it to 9am. By the time I woke up, it was 85 degrees outside. I whispered a few expletives to myself but honestly, the extra sleep was needed.
So I decided to man up and do my long run on the treadmill. It actually worked out well for a number of reasons.
I decided to try drinking espresso before my run as an experiment. Normally this stuff gives me the ….well, it makes me take frequent trips to the restroom. I figured since I’d be at the gym I could shut down the machine and make a trip. I snuck in a Starbucks double shot and a bagel with peanut butter as my breakfast. Along with a few GU Chomps I was on my way.
I sported my shorts and socks, solidifying my status as a running badass at the gym. *snicker* Actually, I’ve had insanely good luck with runs wearing those shorts, and my shins were hurting just enough to warrant me wearing the socks. They were both great choices. In fact, I really really want to add another pair of the socks to my collection …the worst part is deciding on a color 🙂
Anyways, I hopped on the machine and turned on the Olympics. I think I was watching diving for the first three miles, but honestly my mind was in another place. I listened to the remix of Coming Home with Eminem literally the ENTIRE run. I ran for just over 2 hours, so yeah ….a little overload? But it seriously was pushing me! I know this sounds silly but I kept envisioning myself on the track at the Olympics just busting my ass and being so proud of my training ….lame, but sometimes you need those visuals to get you through 🙂
After the first three miles I took a short walk/GU break and started another round on the ‘mill. I decided to split up my bag of GU’s by eating two after the first 3 miles and the last 2 after the 2nd set of 3 miles. This worked out pretty good and I had ZERO cramping!
I changed the channel again to the mens 400m semifinals. This is where I think my run went from good to GREAT. I witnessed Oscar Pistoris, the double-amputee from South Africa, qualify and advance in the 400m. It was incredibly inspirational. To think, he never has excuses to miss runs ….I began thinking about how many runs I missed because my shins “ached” or my ankles weren’t “up to par”. This guy HAS NO shins or ankles …and I bet he is out there 6/7 days a week owning. So awesome.
When I hit 7.5 miles was when I really knew I could do the 10 miles. I seriously felt no pain or soreness the entire time, and I kept pushing. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I hit my first “long run” runners high. I could have kept going after the 10 miles if it weren’t for one thing when I hit 8.5 miles.
I had to use the little girls room ….BAD.
I kept looking at the time, and the mileage, and kept telling myself to keep going. I only have 1.5 miles to go, and THEN I could take care of it. Yeah ….my body was like no …you need to take care of business. So I slammed the E Stop button and RAN to the restroom.
After the 5 minute detour I was back on. The last 1.5 miles were awesome …I just kept going faster and feeling lighter and lighter. It was great to look around and see the once crowded treadmills with no one on them because I had been on the ‘mill for TWO HOURS! And I felt GREAT! And wanted more ….but when I finished the 10 miles in 2:04 (says my Garmin, including all the potty breaks and walk breaks) I felt AMAZING.I feel like I should experience this high more often.
I took a nice long walk of 15 minutes after I was done and stretched the living hell out of my legs. I still feel amazing ….it’s incredible when you realize what your body can really do. Just two months ago I had a “thought” about running a half marathon. Now, it’s a reality. And I’m just one month away!
I also got in my running sunglasses from HeavyGlare.com. They took a little bit longer than I was quoted (a month, I was told around 10 business days) but it wasn’t really their fault (two of the frame styles I wanted were discontinued, but they got me this pair of frames which were actually way more expensive, basically free). I love them …and can’t wait to test them out on outdoor runs!
And here’s a link to the awesome Eminem mashup that I literally played into the ground today;
And that’s it from me ….enjoy that you can run 🙂