Oops. It’s been almost two weeks since my last training update. Apologies. I guess time flies when you’re running?
I’ve been ramping up my mileage the past few weeks. Two weeks ago, I ran a grueling 13 miles. It was not fun. And with my not so great long run the week before, I was seriously doubting that I could run this thing. In my brain, I was screaming to myself – I CAN’T RUN 26.2 MILES. I’M ALREADY DYING AT 13 MILES. @%^&*
Fast forward to this past weekend where I ran 10 miles OUTSIDE.
This is sort of a big deal for me. I’ll explain.
I’m a treadmill runner.
I typically train on a treadmill for races. The airconditioned gym, the tv, and the increasing numbers on the screen. That’s what does it for me. Or at least, it’s what used to do it for me. Last weekend was kind of transformative for me. I had every intention of running on a treadmill to save my poor feet from injury, but I got to the gym too late and it had closed. Determined to not miss my mileage for the day, I ran outside.
And you know what?
It was GLORIOUS. Instead of staring at my treadmill screen, I looked up and it was great. My breathing improved. My pacing was more flexible. I got to smile at other runners and in all honesty, I genuinely felt better. I had such a bad time running on the treadmill the past few long runs that this was a breath of fresh air (literally). My past few runs since then have been outside and I’m thoroughly enjoying the process. I think I’ve converted. Woo!
Now, we’ll see how I feel with my upcoming 14 miles this weekend. 😉 Wish me luck!