It was the third mile of my run.
It had been a good run so far, but I could feel that something was changing.
It was hot and humid. My last quarter mile was at 7:45 pace, which I knew was too fast.
I continued on, hoping to make 8 miles for the day when suddenly my brain switched to, “are you kidding me. You can’t make 8 miles. You can’t make 4 miles. I revolt! I revolt!”
I hit “the wall” after only 3 miles of my run. I suddenly got tired. I didn’t know how I was going to get to 4 miles, let alone 8.
I made it to 6 miles and stopped. I know my error / circumstance that created this situation.
- I slept poorly the night before
- I stopped all Ibuprofen last weekend. I have read recently that since Ibuprofen masks pain, you can actually hurt yourself without knowing it. Also the soreness that you experience after a workout is how your body knows what muscles to strengthen, so if you mask that pain, the process of strengthening doesn’t happen either. No pain, no gain.
- It was a hot and humid day and last weekend was cool, so I needed to adjust to the heat slower.
- I started slow, but sped up too quickly. I need to concentrate more on mileage rather than speed; at lest during the summer.
- I eat at a luncheon at work, so I eat much more than I normally do during the day. I felt bloated and heavy even at the start of the run.
I need to learn from my mistakes now more than ever. I only have 15 weeks until the marathon and I really want to be ready. I am encouraged that I got in 6 miles though. Last summer I was running 2 miles a day and barely making it through. I would like to get in 8 today if possible since I am taking Friday off to be ready for the 5K on Saturday. This may be one of my last competitive 5Ks before the marathon. I really need to work on distance and strengthen my body for long runs more than fast runs. Also taking off Friday before the 5K really messes with my mileage. I say all that knowing I’ll still run 5Ks and just deal with it, but I need to not worry about being competitive. I need to look forward and prepare for what is most important.
One encouraging note from yesterday. I hit the wall and kept going. My whole being wanted me to stop, but I didn’t.
I think that is an important part of marathon training also. Training your body to know that you master it; it does not master you.
I think my body got the hint 🙂