Today was a day to exercise my mind as well as my body. I had planned by last night to run my long run today because the weather tomorrow is expected to be snowy all day and today was supposed to be in the upper 30’s. I started the day off by meeting the life guard at the pool at 7 for a flip turn lesson. I am getting better, in fact my imperfect roll that leans left may actually help me flip and roll over. More to come as the week progresses.
When I left the pool I was welcomed outside by snow – and wind. It was not feeling like a great day to run outside, but I know more of the same is on the way tomorrow. I had a few errands to take care of and by early afternoon I listened to my own common sense. Last weekend when the weather was clear, my SUV spun out on a patch of snow three houses down from my own. It startled me and made me realize no matter how careful I am running, cars can slip or lose control in my path. Today was not clear at all and there was enough snow on the roads that I decided to run my 12 mile long run on my treadmill. That is a long time for anyone, but especially when my race pace is hopefully going to be 10:15 – that means I will be running around 11:40 per mile… For 12 miles. In my basement.
I put on a movie and kept the remote near by and got through it. I had moments of shear boredom, but they passed. My body feels good, I have some tightness from the run, but I didn’t have to tackle hills, wind, or cold. My mind had to focus more than if I were outside, which was challenging. My time was good, faster actually than my 11 mile run outside on Sunday. Despite the mind games I had to play to stay focused, it actually was a good run. I prefer outside by far, but sometimes what we want and what we get are not the same. I kept reminding myself why I was doing it, I am training for a race and I am training to improve my speed. I am not running aimlessly.
Two weeks from tomorrow I will be running the half marathon race in Jacksonville. It may be cold at the start, but I can be fairly confident there won’t be snow. And if I am able to run well and have a good day, then these days of training will have all paid off.