The good news is.... I still have my endurance! I was able to run 5 miles today and although I'm very sore now - it felt pretty good! My colon did not bother me (that sounds like such a weird statement!) and knee felt great. I had a few twinges in my plantar fascia, so tonight I'm going to wear the stretching boot. Otherwise - it was a GREAT run! It was a HUGE mental game. I kept starting to talk myself into quitting. At one point I got passed by these people like I was standing still. I wanted to quit. I was so discouraged. Then I thought - SHIT!!! I'm not sitting on a couch and eating chocolate! I'm RUNNING!! Slowly, but I'm moving! That got me through. Wow I swear, it was mind game after mind game today. It's like I didn't even hear the music on my headphone - all I heard was the voice in my head that was trying to convince me that I can't when I damn well CAN!
The bad news? I was SLOOOOOOWWW. I mean turtle slow. Ok - maybe not THAT bad, but it was bad. I tried so hard to pick up the pace but my legs just felt like lead! I have two weeks before the race, hopefully I can get back a little of what I have lost. I was averaging about a 14 minute mile. PATHETIC! I WAS doing 12 minute miles! I know even that is slow for a lot of people -but for me it is pretty fast! I'll get there..... I improve every time I lace up!
I am so proud of myself for doing 5 miles today. I don't think I've done 5 straight miles since July! It feels so good to know I CAN do it! Of course - whenever I read training plans that say "do 5 easy miles" I always laugh. There is nothing easy about it! Maybe someday! Shoot, I can maybe do ONE easy mile, after that - it's all a mental challenge! At least now I can be excited for my upcoming 10k!
On a side note, you can tell the holidays are around the corner.... I got about 7 catalogs in the mail today. It's all good - I'm a catalog junkie! I LOVE looking through them. I never BUY anything, I don't have the money for that - but it's fun to dream. HA!
Well, I'm sore and really tired so I'm calling it a night! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful night! -Monica