Today, I was planning on getting seven miles of running in.
For the first ten minutes, I wondered what the heck I was thinking. I didn't feel as though I had "it."
But it was cool out, even at 10 a.m., so I knew this could be a good day, if I could make it past the hard beginning.
I know the loop I run is 7/8 of a mile, so I was planning on going around eight times. I do all these mind tricks. I like to figure out the percentage of my planned run I've done, and that motivates me to keep going -- plus, it keeps my mind busy converting fractions into percentages in my head.
I did the 8 loops (7 miles) in 73 minutes, and I felt good, so I wanted to see if I could hit 90 minutes or 10 miles. At 90 minutes, I was still feeling fine -- plus, I was getting compulsive: I wanted the 10 miles.
I felt like I was slowing down, but I was probably speeding up in order to get through it.
I did the 10 miles in 105 minutes. That's my longest run in both time and distance. In fact it was 35 minutes more than I'd ever run at a stretch before.
By the end, my legs were feeling pretty heavy, but it was fine. Tomorrow will definitely be a rest day.
For the week, I got 235 minutes of running in, which is six minutes fewer than last week. Last week, I had four days of running; this week I had three. I also had the 50-minute Pilates class. One side effect of the running is that I didn't have any soreness in my legs after Pilates, as I usually would. I did have soreness in the arms and abs.
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