Well that about sums it up, BLAH! I was so looking forward to blowing off some steam on Saturday during my long run and at mile 4 I knew it wasn't going to happen. I have been battling the sore leg syndrome and it finally caught up to me this weekend. I ended up doing 6 miles and by the time I got home my head was pounding and my legs were like lead. I closed my eyes at 10:20 and woke up 1:00 PM not feeling any better. When I finally decide my headache wasn't going away I figured maybe alcohol was the answer. So off to the store I went with my returnables, all $35.00 worth, and bought a 12 pack. After 4 beers I wasn't making any headway, pardon the pun. So I figured enough was enough and called it a night. Sunday was a lazy day. I stayed inside most of the day while my wife decided to brave the heat and get some sun. Other than a brief dip in the pool I was pretty much couch bound.
Getting back to my run... Have you ever noticed the feeling you get when you see the finish line? All of a sudden you feel like you could run forever. I struggled just to keep my legs moving for the last 2 miles Saturday, that is until I saw the end. I actually caught myself speeding up and for the first time yelled at myself, internally, to slow down. What was I thinking, here I was quitting half way through my run and I was going to finish with a kick!! How dare I!!! My point is, how can we maintain that feeling throughout our runs? Granted, finishing mile 3 of 12 isn't anything to scream about, or is it? Of course it is, but how do I translate that to my body for that adrenaline rush. The opposite sure does happen, let my knee give me the slightest little twinge and I can come up with about 100 reasons why I should stop, before I take the next stride! At times running can be so frustrating.
Before I get really down on myself I am going to take most of this week off, just a short run Weds or Thurs. and my long run Saturday. Hopefully my legs will come back. If so I am really going to put some effort into finding that "thing" that makes all of the little accomplishments feel just like the finish line.