To hold myself accountable for my 9-miler today, I made it public on Facebook that I will be waking up at 4:45 a.m. to run 9 miles. Yes. It worked.
I had a Nutella on a slice of bread and called it pre-run fuel. Last night, I had a serving or maybe two of chicken spaghetti. Delish! I do make a mean chicken spaghetti. So Yummy!
The run was ok. It took a few miles to wake myself up. And then, it was easy. Mentally, I told myself that this was going to be three 5Ks. When I hit the 4.5 mile mark, I told myself, I am half way done. Mind vs. Body.
Mind emerged victorious today!
So today, I celebrate a new distance ran on the treadmill. Nine miles. All of it! :)
And because I spent so much time on the treadmill cos' I am kinda slow, I got to witness this:
I'm proud I finally got the chance to "discover" that!
Three more long runs left for half marathon #4 training!
You guys probably know I like quotes. So here are some I'm going to share with you because I swear that RW Quote Of the Day read my mind this week.
On Wednesday (when I had that sucky run), the quote was:
"Do the work. Do the analysis. But feel your run. Feel your race. Feel the joy that is running." (Kara Goucher)
I was overanalyzing. I was too critical of myself. I forgot to feel the joy that should be running in me.
Yesterday, it said:
"Relish the bad training runs. Without them, it's difficult to recognize, much less appreciate, the good ones (Pat Teske)."
And in the words of Vanessa over at Gourmet Runner: My 9-miler today was so awesome that I am "farting glitter!" Yeah!