Oh, Saturday. How I love and hate you at the same time. You and your long runs! I am not always a fan of running them, but I love how I feel when I finish them. And Saturday was my first double-digit training day - 10 miles - so I was feeling especially awesome afterwards.
Let's not pretend that it was an easy run, though. Because Friday was a late night, I slept in Saturday morning so I would meet my "get a good night's sleep" commitment. But, the ripple effect of that meant that I didn't get to start my run until almost noon. Yep, and I'm a morning runner, so the later in the day I start, the worse it is for me.
The whole time I was running, I was bartering and bargaining with myself.
- "I should just do 5 miles today and 5 miles tomorrow."
- "This pace is too slow and I'll be here forever. I should go faster."
- "I should walk."
- "I could walk a mile, then run an extra mile at the end."
- "I'm nearly done. I should run a super fast mile to finish."
All of that chatter in my head, and there was only one thing that would make it all shut up.
I wanted to change up, to run faster, to run slower, to stop... anything, it seems, except to run the 10 miles at the 11:53 per mile pace. But I had made the commitment to myself that I was going to be perfect for the entire month of August, and no stupid long run was going to get the better of me.
After the run, I was feeling all kinds of great. I found it easy to get through the rest of the day and stick with the rest of my goals. I didn't drink alcohol, I ate completely within my calorie range, I didn't drink Diet Coke and I avoided all caffeine after 2pm. I was Aces!
I realize I have a whole month ahead of me, but so far, having a specific plan has really kept me on track.
And as a bonus, here's the video of us Scuba Diving in La Jolla Cove on Friday. Enjoy!
The Cove short from John Hulsey on Vimeo.