You only have three choices in life. Give up, give in, or give it all you got.

 

12 miles
(so much sweat that my top is see through and my hair curled itself…)
I think one of the toughest things about running for me has been learning the difference between pushing through the tough parts vs. listening to my body.
Like today — during the first four miles, this run sucked and I wanted to quit.  The humidity was insane (98%, UGH), I was tired (I left work at 8PM last night), I felt really nauseous and kept tasting the banana I ate before I started — these are all things, for me, that are more mental than physical.  Yes, I suffer physical symptoms, but it’s more of a mental battle to keep going.
I found my groove, the run got better, and I decided to go for 14 instead of my original planned 10.  I hit the 59th St Bridge, which was tough after all the hills of the park, but powered across.  I turned to come back, started climbing the endless hill, and then everything collapsed at once.  My hip got tight, I got a side cramp, I suddenly was incredibly hungry and thirsty, the sun was coming out, and I decided that running the last 2 miles was not going to be any more beneficial than stopping at 12.  As soon as I got off the bridge and stopped, I knew I made the right call.  i felt stiff all over, my teeth started chattering (when I get really cold after a run, it’s a sign I pushed myself to my limit), and I immediately stopped at Energy Kitchen for a protein smoothie to drink and took the bus home.
It’s hard for me to describe why I was just as confident with my decision to keep going when the first few miles sucked as I was with my decision to stop after my last tough mile.  I think the longer I run the more in touch I get with my body and what it’s capable of.  I need to remember that there is a fine line between pushing myself and risking injury — especially as I keep upping for my mileage for marathon training.  I have a big goal this fall and I want to be in top shape to hit it!
Have a great weekend everyone!

12 miles

(so much sweat that my top is see through and my hair curled itself…)

I think one of the toughest things about running for me has been learning the difference between pushing through the tough parts vs. listening to my body.

Like today — during the first four miles, this run sucked and I wanted to quit.  The humidity was insane (98%, UGH), I was tired (I left work at 8PM last night), I felt really nauseous and kept tasting the banana I ate before I started — these are all things, for me, that are more mental than physical.  Yes, I suffer physical symptoms, but it’s more of a mental battle to keep going.

I found my groove, the run got better, and I decided to go for 14 instead of my original planned 10.  I hit the 59th St Bridge, which was tough after all the hills of the park, but powered across.  I turned to come back, started climbing the endless hill, and then everything collapsed at once.  My hip got tight, I got a side cramp, I suddenly was incredibly hungry and thirsty, the sun was coming out, and I decided that running the last 2 miles was not going to be any more beneficial than stopping at 12.  As soon as I got off the bridge and stopped, I knew I made the right call.  i felt stiff all over, my teeth started chattering (when I get really cold after a run, it’s a sign I pushed myself to my limit), and I immediately stopped at Energy Kitchen for a protein smoothie to drink and took the bus home.

It’s hard for me to describe why I was just as confident with my decision to keep going when the first few miles sucked as I was with my decision to stop after my last tough mile.  I think the longer I run the more in touch I get with my body and what it’s capable of.  I need to remember that there is a fine line between pushing myself and risking injury — especially as I keep upping for my mileage for marathon training.  I have a big goal this fall and I want to be in top shape to hit it!

Have a great weekend everyone!

  1. happilyconfused said: you’re such a kickass!
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