Wednesday, November 11, 2009
"Easy" long run...Ha! Not this week!
By the time I hit the 12 mile mark I thought I was toast. I really wanted to walk. I called my sweet husband to get some motivation to finish. He told me I was almost done and that I could surely do 2 more miles. I really wanted to believe him so I kept going even though my legs were screaming at me to stop. My legs seriously felt like lead by that point. I have never plodded through a run before but here I was, plodding away! Through sheer will, I finished my 14.5 miles (forgot the reset the Garmin so got to run a little more than I bargained for) and all but collapsed in my house.
"What the heck just happened?!" I've been running for 4 years and my legs have NEVER felt that way. Will ran me a nice, refreshing ice bath (brrr!) and I soaked, trying to work through my confusion. I seriously thought, "Maybe I can't run a marathon. Maybe my legs can only take so much." However, now that it's a few days later and I have a decent tempo run under my belt since then, I'm ready to test myself again. I need to prove to myself that it was just a fluke. An off day. A crazy, painful, defeating, demoralizing, off day. I think I was just too sleep-deprived from the kids being sick all last week. I probably just needed more rest. So, now I have an excuse to take a couple of naps as the next long run approaches. Works for me!