A few weeks back, a few of my fellow Striders and I were discussing how once you start running “the big miles” (anything over 10 miles), you never feel like you are really running if you do anything under 6 miles. Over the past few weeks months, I’ve had some serious runner’s envy reading everyone’s tweets and FB statuses about running their long distances.
Even Tiffany and I were discussing how this time last year we were running 10 miles and higher, but an unfortunate mishap with my bike and an unusually long summer has really put a damper in my ability to rack up the miles this year.
For my runs this week, I took Sunday and Monday off due to sore shins. I ran Tuesday and Wednesday, but rested again on Thursday because my shins were still really sore. Also, I had hoped to meet the Striders for their “Race to the Weekend Event” on Thursday, but I couldn’t summon the energy. I decided to sleep in and take another day off from running to rest. I don’t what’s the deal with me lately, but I have been so exhausted and feeling rundown. I blame it on our prolonged summer and some viral funk going around town.
Ave Pace 10:00
40 minute tempo run (According the Hal – Week 6)
Ave Pace 10:09
But today, I made it to 8 miles and it felt good to run that distance again. No weird pains, cramps, sore shins or angry quads. Tiffany and I took it slow. We even walked a bit here and there, but I didn’t care about my finish time or pace. I just wanted to get to eight miles again and we did it.
Ave Pace 12:05