Sometimes runs feel easy, and I can bust out 17+ miles at 9:03 pace while feeling good the whole time. Other times running a much shorter distance feels a lot longer and harder. One of those runs happened today. I'm home visiting my family for Thanksgiving, and my parents live on a mountain. I decided with confidence that, though I live in Florida and run flat daily, I could definitely run around my high school's campus off the mountain. There were some hills, but I was sure that all the hard work I've put in would absolutely make it so that I could blow up those hills like they were flat surfaces.
So off I went. And it was a beautiful run!
I started off on the cross country loop, where I used to be forced to run as a swimmer in high school. It was funny to be back on trails that I had despised running 9-10 years ago. I loved this run and the feeling for those first few miles. Then I kept going.
And the next miles were harder, because there were some major hills. I ran up them, but eventually I had to stop at the top to catch my breathe from my burning lungs and legs. But then I pushed on. I told myself that I would cut my run short to 6 miles. After all, I had run 17 miles on Sunday and 5 on Monday. Beyond that, I am running the Turkey Trot 8k in the morning. I don't have fresh legs and I shouldn't ware myself out. After enough hills and stops, I decided to do a few laps around a flat area of campus. And then, I saw there were treadmills in the weight room as I was running by. I knew I'd be disappointed in myself if I cut my run short, so I took it to the treadmill in the weight room for the last two miles.
It's a small miracle that I got that whole run in. I in fact am not sure how I did it. It was painful, but I kept in the back of my mind my the focus and perseverance necessary to run 26.2 miles. I'm sure I'll get to a point in the race where I feel how I felt this morning. There will probably be several times I want to stop and cut it short, but in the end I won't be able to. So I guess this was a practice run for pushing through those self-doubts. And though the run wasn't easy and included a number of stops, it got done.
And then I came home and was excited to spend time with my family. I may or may not post a blog post tomorrow, but I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families, friends, and loved ones. I'm incredibly blessed, and because of my long thankful post last Thursday, I'll just link back to that for what I'm thankful for.
And a couple early black Friday notes for you:
1. I bought three pairs of PRO Compression socks today for $67. I've been looking to buy them for a few weeks now, but the cheapest price I ever could find was $30. When I saw that LeftLane Sports was having them for $24.95 plus a $10 credit for signing up and a $5 coupon code (SHOPLLS3Y9), I jumped. I am sharing my referral link with you, so if you sign up you'll get the $10 and I'll get a sign up credit, but I didn't get a discount or free product for posting this.
2. Also, I mentioned ShowerPill on Saturday, but I wanted to follow up. I used the product after my run today and was really pleased. It's the perfect towel for wiping away sweat to feel refreshed if you can't get to a shower. It's perfect if you need to run errands after the gym or want to run on lunch.
It made me smell a little less stinky, and one wipe covered my whole body. I would say that it won't replace a shower for the day, but it keeps you feeling fresh until you can get to one a few hours later.
From Friday to Sunday the boxes are buy two get one free on Amazon with code SPFRIDAY.
For this, I did receive product, but the opinion is my own. I didn't receive other compensation.
What are you thankful for?
Are you running a Turkey Trot!?