This week was a rough week. I missed both of my weekday training runs for the first time during this training cycle. I was sick with a cough and just felt lousy all week.
Fortunately today, Saturday, was different.
My plan was to run about 3 miles to the team in training run, run 5 miles with the team and then run home. 11 miles. This is what happened and it went very well. The best part of the run was when I was running with my TNT buddies. I was able to talk about the Marine Corps Marathon and be an encouragement to those who are running it for the first time.
I stuck with the 2:30/1 run/walk/run ratio. This worked well since it was quite hot for most of the run. I was grateful for the wind. The most important thing that happened during this run was being able to build friendships with fellow runners. I ran with someone most of the way that I hadn't run with before. We stuck together (neither of us were running to fast or too slow) and it was incredible just to be able to talk. I don't remember even struggling at all going up to Negley Park. We just took each interval and focused on that while talking and it made it fun. I truly had a great time.
Running with others is what keeps me passionate and motivated with running. Also when I have a cause that I believe in I also am motivated and passionate.
I decided to change my focus from just "I MUST get sub-2 hours" to I MUST trust the process and do each and every run to the best of my ability (with the 2 hour goal in mind, but not the focus). Bottom line: this is changing from a outcome oriented goal to a process related goal.
Can't wait until the next time I can run with my buddies. I hope to be able to meet early to run on a more consistent basis as my schedule is changing over the next few months.
By the way, I truly enjoyed my ice bath today since it was so hot. I'm glad I started ice baths in 2012 because that has really made a difference. My legs feel like they could go out and run again in the morning. I'm not going to do this because I want to start out the week right.
Until next time, have a great run!