Hal.Le.Lu.Jah. I mean, I still have a 12 miler next weekend, but at this point, that’s a “short run”. Somebody please tell me that: 1. it’s normal to start to hate running during marathon training, and 2. after the marathon, I will love running again. Tell me!
I was gonna do 18 miles yesterday, but I woke up and just could not get “into it”. So I put it off until today. And today I still didn’t feel like 18 miles. So I did 16.
You guys. Why is it, that after a 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 16 milers, the 20 miler was the easiest and best?! Don’t misunderstand me! They were ALL hard and mentally challenging, but the 1-20 miler that I did, seemed to be the best one for me as far as mentally challenging and having to walk. Although, I felt like I walked more than I wanted to today, but my pace was still under 11 minutes, so I dunno…I just feel like the 20 miler was my more successful run out of all those long runs. All I know is, I walked in the door and yelled that I hated running and never wanted to run again. :)
The only thing that got me though today, was the beautiful weather. I took so many pictures…
Thoughts at this picture: I would like to run like a crazy woman through these crunchy leaves.
Thoughts at this picture: I would like to lay down on one of those benches and take a little nap. (In between miles 14 and 15…)
Thoughts at this picture: Hunger Games.
Sooooo ya. That was the excitement of my run.
And here you can see my typical routine…I have a few things I need to work on. ;)
I ate some Clif Bloks at mile 10, some water at mile 12, and some Nuun at mile 15. Felt great as far as fueling! :) Other than than, I was just tryin’ to survive. :)
I listened to music for the first 15 miles, then my phone phone died, so it was just me, my thoughts, and the runners and bikers
that passed me I passed.
I’m just so relieved that was the last of my long runs. I’ve felt so burned out from running. So exhausted. So hungry. Like I have no time for anything. And I lack any real motivation right now. I mean, it’s everything I can do to go to work lately.
So tell me….how do you keep balance, motivation, drive, life together during marathon training???