After a lazy week (well, lazy at least for one member) the TRC was back in action bright and early this morning at 6:30 am ~ in the 38 degree darkness of Tumbleweed Park ~ for a scheduled 10-miler (Lisa's idea of course ~ I would have been happy with 7 or 8) :P
We even had Pat ~ our group's sole Marathoner ~ back with us! It was AWESOME!
Here's how it all went down:
Now, Pat will say that he didn't hold up well. But the truth is, Pat was the same consistent, steady runner that he always is. He keeps Lisa and I on track (and from walking too much) and is the *rock* of our group. Pat's only fault from today was agreeing to 10 miles, when he probably should have been resting some more. I think he forgot that he ran 26.2 miles 2 weeks ago!!
Lisa will say that I was on drugs. Truth is ~ Shot Bloks and Nuun got me through today with flying colors, and yes ~ for a bit there, I felt like I was on speed ;) My left calf was very tight from about Mile 4-7 and it had me a bit nervous ~ then around Mile 8, I felt fantastic. We finished up the 10 miles and for the first time, I actually felt like I could have kept going. It was definitely the best run I've had for this distance.
Once I got home and got showered however, things changed a bit. My leg was SEVERELY tight and it felt just like it did after RNR after the cramping and spasming had stopped. So I am not sure what that means??? Did I damage something that is still repairing itself? Is it my muscle getting reacquainted to the long run? I'm not sure ~ but it wasn't anything an Advil couldn't cure ;)
As I was eating my lunch, my brain went all philosophical on me. Today was a great run ~ for which I am grateful ~ but I know that soon, probably this week, a bad run will follow. I get all tied up in knots when I have a bad run ~ and elated when I have a good one. I think I need to get a grip. Neither a bad run, nor a good run defines who we are as a runner. It is simply a result of what our body is capable of doing on any given day ~ given all life's variables, combined with our level of training. PERIOD. I need to approach each run with without hesitation and with no assumptions about my performance. I just need to RUN.
But today was a serious *mental* day for me. I needed today.
I needed my running buddies.
I needed my legs to move me for 10 miles without cramping.
I needed that GOOD RUN.
And I got it ~ so time to move on :)
Now I'm off to buy a few hundred cases of Shot Bloks and Nuun.
Long Run (R6W1):
Distance: 10.05 miles
Average pace: 12:56