Yesterday I needed to go for my long run of 15 miles. I knew going in that the run might be difficult, so from the very beginning I said that my motto for this run would be:
Embrace The Suck!
As I was beginning my run, I chuckled and thought to myself that it kind of is a metaphor for life too. Now hear me out. Sometimes in life things are going suck. Things are going to go wrong. Things are going to be hard. And sometimes, things are going to be downright shitty.
Yes I know very uplifting, but we all know that life isn’t always a bowl of cherries. The thing is that you have to embrace the suck to get to the good stuff. You have to push through it when it’s hard. You have to dig your heels in and just keep moving forward. You have to know that at the end of the suck is something good. You have to just keep going, because if you stick around long enough you come out that much stronger.
So with that being said, I embraced the suck of yesterday’s 15 mile run. As I said I knew it would be suck some for a few reasons.
- It’s a long run and they usually suck.
- I need new sneakers
- I’ve been messing up with my meds
So I went out with the mindset that no matter what, I would embrace the suck. Do what I needed to do and get my run in. The goal was to finish no matter what. I felt like this was a long enough run to gage some things for New York and what I need to do in the next 46 days.
I have realized that it takes my body normally a good 3 miles to get into the rhythm of a run. This morning was no exception. Then I realized that I did not take my morning meds, so I ended up looping my run back to my house so that I could do so. This was more necessary because I’ve been a little off with my timing lately. (Don’t worry, I’m trying to be better). Anyway, meds taken and out the door I went. It was hard. I was sweating like I ran in a sprinkler, but I was embracing the suck and moving forward. I was running where I should be especially for the distance keeping an average pace in the 12’s & 13’s. By mile 10, I was feeling a little off. For me I can tell when my levels are dipping because I feel like a twitch in my face even if it’s not visible and some tingling/numbness in my hands. I was prepared and did have some Calez (powdered calcium) to add to my water. I am thinking for the marathon to fill all my bottles up with this and then just get plain water at the water stations.
I pushed forward. By almost miles 13, I was out of water which is never good. Luckily, I plan my runs so that I am never far from a friends house or place I can stop at. I took my smelly sweaty self into a bistro where I purchased the most delicious chilled Gaterade and a bottle of water to refill. Then off I went embracing the suck.
Here’s the thing…. As sucky as it was, it was also good. I did feel stronger at the end of my run. I did feel confident and the end of my run. I did realize that running alone through the streets will be so much different than when running with 50, 000 of my closest friends who will all be embracing the suck. I did feel like I could keep running and I did feel strong enough to keep going. And I also realized that in the end, it is all worth it.