Yesterday I went for my last long training run before I start to taper for the NY Half. It was a good training run for a whole different reason than most. It was good because as a whole it sucked.
Going into the run…. I was tired form not getting enough sleep. The day before I had screwed up with taking my medications. On top of that on Saturday I had run hills had left my legs sore.
The run was a success for a host of reasons. First, I pushed myself out the door to go. Second, I did not shorten it and got the 11 miles in. And lastly, I never gave up.
Aerobically I felt good on this run. That is something because aerobically, I felt like I could keep going. But the sore legs, feet hurting, and tingling from low calcium would have been valid reasons to stop.
I pushed through. I stopped when needed to stretch. I walked when needed to. I used extra cal-ez and reminded myself to drink it which helped with tingles. This run makes me realize that I will finish this half no matter what. All runners no matter their health have good running days and bad one. This is why we train. So on those bad running days, we know that we can still get it done.
They say that to be a runner, you must learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Pain is not always your enemy. You just need to know where the line between pushing through and when your body has had enough. You can only do that by training. Yesterday’s run was uncomfortable, but a good uncomfortable.
After the run, a friend texted me
“I am proud of you for running through the suck….. this is getting used to a different normal for you, and it is that much harder for you than another runner.”
And that my friends is why we train.