No Long Ritual No Long Run
Sunday, September 02, 2012
I don't know if everyone is this way but once I get past the half-marathon distance in marathon training I really have to prepare myself physically and psychologically if the run is going to happen. Yesterday I wanted to run 16-20 miles but with the rain from Isaac I decided to stay in and run Sunday. Each change in plans like this for me usually means it is less likely that I run. -Got up today 5:30 AM and procrastinated until 7...another change in the plan, garmin was dead another change...you get where this is going right? Well I did head out at 7 and could only get myself to run 1.5 miles and then walk back home in the rain.
I was upset and frustrated but this is how it is for me. The long run mentality can be fleeting (pardon the pun) and at times elusive.
People sometimes think people who run marathons are more disciplined than others or have some sort of unstoppable exercise motivation. Well, I am here to tell you that is not the case. I have to prepare mentally all week for a long run (and REALLY prepare if it is a 20 miler!). I have to get in my mind that I am doing this. I have to take it fairly easy and hydrate the day before. I have to get clothes, fuel, lights, water bottles, garmin, ipod, glide etc all ready the night before. There can be no chance of an uncharged ipod or missing favorite sock. The slightest snafu can totally throw me off and jeopardize then chance of the run happening. I need to dress and leave the house fairly quickly. It is best if I am meeting someone. I need the accountability and it also make the miles go faster. I need to have checked the weather the night before to mentally prepare for whatever conditions I will need to run in. What I am trying to say here is that there is a quite long and detailed ritual that readies me to face the daunting long run. I wonder, is anyone else like this? I can't just go to bed the night before at whatever time with no thought about the run and get up and do it. It just doesn't work that way for me.
I am going to try again tomorrow. Signing off now to go look for that body glide and make sure my gadgets are all charged. -Karen