Thursday, November 15, 2012
Day 4: GUT CHECK!
I knew that this particular run would be the most difficult as I would be running on sore, tired legs, and I was right. The intervals weren't all that bad, but the 2.5 miles after were gut check time. Did I have it in me to run through the aches and complete the training run? Yes...yes I did.
More and more, I'm finding a discipline in my training. At the beginning, I have to hold myself back to run the pace set before me; at the end of a run, I have to do the same thing as I want to finish strong and fast.
But finishing strong and fast in a training run doesn't accomplish the purpose of these runs! I am shooting for consistency, for a steady pace at a set mile/min. This has been especially important as I could have easily burned myself out at the beginning of the week and been unable to complete this run at the prescribed paces.
Now for a day off! I'm thinking that I will have another gut check around mile 7 or 8 on Saturday, but I also think that the training, both physical and mental, will get me through to 10 miles. Then a day off and start all over again! Whoop!