“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome.”
Having the right attitude is such an important part of success. Today, it was raining and windy and chilly...and physically, I felt tired before I even started. Plus, this morning I had an appointment with my trainer at the gym to update my training program (I love the novelty of a new program). However, that means I had to try out these new exercises so she could tell me if I was doing them right. I didn't do lots of repetitions, but I still had to do them. Then, when I got home, uber hubby suggested we go for our 16K before lunch. So, I got ready and off we went. As you may have gotten from my title, today was hard...I felt tired and my legs were heavier. Last week, I ran 16K and half the run was on serious hills, yet it felt easier than this week, which had fewer hills. Actually, it took me longer this week...I completed my 10 miles in 2h03m, thats a 12.18min/mile pace (7.40min/K). Although, I should mention that after 3K I once again had to take a "necessary" bathroom break, I also changed my bra (I had forgotten to change into my sports bra) and I didn't stop my watch right away, so I'm guessing that affected my time. Still, did I mention it was hard...BUT, it never occured to me to not do the whole thing...I knew I could get through it. They can't all be easy, but I'm still confident that I will be able to complete my half marathon in May. Although, I admit that after today the full marathon feels a little scarier. Perhaps NYC in 2012, as my friend J suggested...but, don't hold me to this :)
Regardless of today's run, I'm still very proud of myself, because I have never run so many miles in one week (24 miles/38.5Kms)!! I completed every single workout on my training program for this week (I often end up skipping one of the runs - but, not this week), and the mileage was increased on most days. I also went to both yoga classes and did my strength training at the gym (plus some extra core work). So, it totally makes sense that I was tired on my long run today. What did I learn from that? Well, perhaps it's better for me to skip one of the short steady runs on my program when I include all those cross-training sessions. I'm adapting and learning as I go and I'm going to keep on doing what I have to do, to do what I want to do!