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An Even Better Run

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My last blog entry was about the triumph of an excellent run.

This one is about the same thing.

Today I had to run 4 miles on my training program. My last PR was three miles. That is a WHOLE MILE MORE.

Guys. That is a lot more.

At about 1.75, I was very very tired. My shoelace came undone and it was magical because it meant I could stop for thirty seconds and tie it. And then I kept going. And I started talking to myself.

You are going to get four miles.

You are GOING to get four miles.

Four miles.

Four miles.

Once I broke into two miles I told myself, get to three miles, run straight to three, and you can get a sip of water. You can stop just long enough to get some water.

So I ran to 3.1, ran to my car, sipped my water, ripped my shirt off, and went back to it.

I was tired. I was so tired.

Without going into details, things have been hard lately. Life has been hard. Awesome Husband and I are totally okay. We are not the issue. Together, we are so strong. But everything else has been remarkably hard. I've needed a win.

When RunKeeper told me my average mile pace had fallen to ten minutes per mile, I started sprinting the straight aways. I was the kind of tired where I thought,

"Well, if I keep going like this, I am going to vomit all over myself."

So I'd slow way down. Then speed up. Then slow down. And gasp. And gulp hard to fight the rising tide of nausea.

Four miles.

Four miles.

And I got them. I got my four miles. At an average pace of 10 min/mile. I'll take it.

I love lifting weights. I don't love running. But I'm finally beginning to understand. I love that feeling of knowing that I left nothing behind. I could not possibly have given more. I gave everything I had.

Feels like a win.
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    Bravo on the four miles!

    I've done a fair bit of both running and strength training and I definitely love the running more - I have to talk myself into strength training. If you want to love running more, my suggestion would be to relax into it... no vomiting allowed! I find when I relax and focus on the smoothness, the soaring joy, the soothing repetition... that's when I get that feeling of flying and like nothing can stop me! There's a time and a place for speedwork that brings the bile up... but that's tough when you start adding distance. I hope you can find that happy type of run too!

    (Also, are you already doing other types of high-impact activities? Otherwise jumping from three miles to four miles can be hard on your body... running beats up your tendons, ligaments, and skeletal system like nothing else. Just listen to your body and keep an ear open for any unusual tweaks or soreness, and give yourself time to recover before you push for five! A 10% increase in "longest run" distance per week is the standard recommended max when increasing mileage.)

    Keep up the inspiring work!
    1160 days ago
    Congratulations, I'm very inspired by this. Thank you
    1197 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    emoticon emoticon on hitting 4 miles Jolene!! Just keep pushing yourself girl, because we all know you are way more than capable of doing it!!

    I hope the outside stressors ease up on you soon. Hang in there, chin up!
    1198 days ago
    Totally great that you made the 4 mile mark. Sounds like a hard won effort. Keep up the good work!
    1198 days ago
    Totally great that you made the 4 mile mark. Sounds like a hard won effort. Keep up the good work!
    1198 days ago
  • NEWSGIRL2177
    Wow. That's awesome. Sounds like you fought hard for those miles, making it that much sweeter to know you killed it!
    1198 days ago
    Awesome! That was fun to read! Glad you got a win!
    1198 days ago
  • SEPLIBRA1982
    That's huge! I'm sure you felt fantastic afterwards.
    1198 days ago
    I need to start running outside so the "I'm totally going to throw up!" feeling doesn't fill me with fear about throwing up on the treadmill :)

    Way. To. Go.
    1198 days ago
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