Saturdays are my long run days. This past Saturday was a hard long run. I had myself scheduled for 8 miles but ended up only doing 7 miles. This summer heat is really kicking my butt. But I keep getting out there and getting it done. My last two training schedules that I adapted from Hal Higdon had me running at 5 days a week. I’m using the same training plan yet I’ve dropped down to just 4 days a week. And I’m a little worried that I won’t feel as ready or be as prepared.
I’m pretty grateful that Team RWB has a weekly run on Saturdays. It makes it less likely that I’ll back out of my long run. Every Saturday has been a great run…until this past Saturday. I don’t know what it was. The humidity. My heavy legs. My toe being rubbed by my toenail. My mind…
But I was glad that I had someone to run along with me for 5 of the 7 miles I did. Had it not been for her and her dogs, I might have stopped to walk long before that 7th mile. In fact, I wanted to stop at 6 miles. But as we came upon the bridge to head back up to the parking lot, I made that split decision to push through one more mile. I was drenched in sweat and my legs were heavy but I knew I could push myself to get one more mile. And I did.
It’s funny how you can run with another yet each person will have their own experience. We all have our own journey. One thing that I constantly remind myself when I’m disappointed in my run is that I’ve got to take the good with the bad. They can’t all be great runs. We all have those “bumps in the road.” But they can all be experiences and/or lessons that guide me along my running journey on this road. And I’m grateful for those that help push me along on those days that I need it. Those that help me over those “bumps in the road.”
How do you deal with a “bump in the road”?
Do you have running buddies that help?
See you on the road!