Yesterday was a coached run where I hoped to finally get up to 5miles. Rather than run with the team I attended the memorial service of a friends mother. What a great tribute to an amazing woman. It was a good choice but I had to make up for the run on my own.
Today started with the loss of an hour due to daylight savings time. I drove to my highschool track and maped out a 2.5 mile course that would include some hills - that seemed to take forever. Finally I began my run and once I hit the long straight away I was booking, feeling good and making some progress. The first leg was great. Then a wall I couldn't bust through. Run a bit... walk. Run a bit... walk. I wasn't picking up any momentum and just felt more & more tired. My legs hurt. I felt sleepy. The sun was getting stronger & hotter. I was running alone with no encouragement.
Next weekend I'm supposed to run in a 7 mile race. A real race. From Sausalito to SF. I hope the crowd & the adrenaline make a big difference. Otherwise, I'm in big trouble.
Advice? How do I get beyond what I know I can do? How do I push through the pain & exhaustion at mile 4?
The good news is that the pain in my muscles from strength training is gone!