For the most part, the week went well. I hit (or almost hit) all my scheduled distances AND managed to fit in both days of cross training (including a Cycle class that totally kicked my a$$) and two days of physical therapy. So I didn’t feel too bad about going out both nights this weekend and putting off my long run until today.
I *totally* procrastinated on the long run, though. The schedule called for 4.5 miles, which is longer than any of my previous runs… and I haven’t rum more than 3 miles in over a month.
Instead of focusing on the distance, I decided I would just go out and run for an hour–not worry about distance at all. I put on Hayes Carll, laced up my shoes and took off. I ran a slightly different route, so I wasn’t fixated on how far it was from point A to point B. I figured the album would last about an hour. When all the songs were done, I felt great. So I decided to keep going. I was getting close to home, so I challenged myself to run all the way to my front door. And I did.
When I got home and Google Mapped my run… it was 5.6 miles! Which is over a mile longer than scheduled and WAAAYYYY longer than I’d ever run before. I felt great. And my overall pace wasn’t bad, either.
By focusing on how I felt and not fixating on being “fast” or going “far” I was able to clear some of the mental hurdles I’ve had in the past. I guess ignorance really is bliss sometimes.