As is Indiana in August, it has been brutally humid lately. I know you might think Indiana avoids humidity, but from working in hospitality for nearly eight years and meeting people from all over the country and world, they could be shocked at the temps and other assorted weather goodies Indy has in store. Don't get me wrong, I know others have it just as bad or even worse.... but the past two weeks have been rough for the morning and late morning long runs. But I needed these runs, they build character right?
I can tell you they do. I can also tell you at mile 4 I was tempted to turn around and call it an 8 mile run. But that's not why I'm doing this. I understand that sometimes you have 'bad runs' and injuries can even hamper your ability, but I'm bouncing back from several set backs this year, and today I felt more than capable of putting one foot in front of the other. It came down to the fact that it was me against the weather, and if I bailed and only put in 8 miles I would have been extremely upset with myself later. And so I pushed on...
Sure my mile average wasn't great, but I did 12.80 miles and I'm happy with that. It put me at a good amount of miles for the weekend and for wrapping up August. I have the opportunity for 3-4 more runs this week with my schedule being what it is, and I plan to get them all in.
I only did 30 miles last week and started this week off with 12.63 miles today. Just nervous about injuries and trying to stay healthy for September marathons. I've also reduced my runs to 5 per week now from the 6 I was doing. My goal is to be doing 40 miles/week by the end of August For some reason my pace time was over the moon quick last week for every single run, and I had to force myself to slow down during my Wed. rain run.
I also wanted to share a list presented by someone in a training group I belong to. This really spoke to me.
Here are 15 truths about marathon training:
1. Rarely is it easy
2. Within it, there exist quiet moments of desperation, triumph, heartache, joy, suffering, peace
3. It does not always strengthen your character, but it will always reveal it
4. Some days will challenge you physically, some will challenge you mentally. Either way, the challenge is to find a way
5. Seldom do excuses pay the bill
6. Eventually, the bill comes due
7. Failure can result, but it cannot be allowed to be the final result
8. The goal is achieved by a consistent willingness to do the work
9. No one can do it for you
10. You will not come out unscathed, it will hurt, tears will be shed, you will be changed
11. It seems impossible when you look beyond the simplest and most immediate task: finish this mile
12. You cannot fake it
13. No matter how difficult it becomes, return to your reason for continuing on
14. It's all about time: making the time, investing the time, prioritizing your time, making the most of your time
15. The best approach: remain humble, remain grateful, remain hope-filled
It's been a spell since I've posted. As I tried to get through July it was one injury after another, so much so that I only turned in less than half the distance that I did in July of 2017. That was a good month of 148 miles, this one just hurt to get in 72. Today I got up early to beat the heat and I had some success. This was my first long run attempt since July 15th, and that was only 10.35 miles. After that the pulls and stains sidelined me, It was a struggle to get in anything and I finally had to stop. On the surface I'm not happy about the pace today, but I have to cut myself a break. In a strange way I suspect my running app was off, it just felt faster to me with my stride and cadence.
The positives are I was out doing this at 7:32am and breathing in the life around me. The other positive is that I'm gearing up for two marathons in mid September and I will be there. Attempting Erie PA on the 9th, and then Dayton OH 6 days later. Today is about resting up and then lacing up tomorrow and hitting the running trails for a shorter, but productive run.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.