My marathon plan called for a 10 mile run today. I was totally nervous about this run. I have been nervous about it for two weeks. I know I can run 10 miles, but the last time I ran double digits was June 1st....three months ago! With my achy hip, the heat, and the humidity my runs have been total crap. I really doubted if I would make it past 7 miles because that was a struggle last weekend.
I got everything ready last night so I would have no excuses. I knew I did not need any! So off I went with my music knowing I would need some extra motivation. I decided to keep my pace slow so I would have energy left for the last few miles.
I was so tired of running...bad news at mile 5 if you are training for a marathon! I was also just tired. My legs felts heavy. It was hot and there were not enough sprinklers on to keep me cool. I run through every sprinkle I can find even if I have to run halfway into someone's yard. I took my GU at mile 5 and that helped tons! Those things are so amazing.
Mile 10-9:14---I was working hard to finish fast!
After looking at my splits I decided maybe I should take a GU before I start running. There is a definite improvement after my shot of energy.
I was so glad to finish and to finish strong. I now feel better about increasing my mileage. My hip felt really good which was a wonderful surprise too! Icing it three times a day and stretching is working.
I feel like my confidence is returning!