A Tough 10 Mile Run During Marathon Tapering. I Don’t Understand Why These Runs Are So Difficult?
So after chasing the car that splashed me like a fucking maniac yesterday, I finally managed to do a proper run today.
It was a 10 mile effort and it was my most difficult run this year (other than the Paris Marathon itself). I don’t know the science about why running during the marathon taper is so difficult, but today’s jog was just painful.
It’s a pity as it was a beautiful day for running. The first 5 miles were great and with last Saturday’s 8:27 min/mile average run in mind, I set out at what I thought should have been a comfortable 9:37 pace.
Then it got difficult
Some motherfucker from the town council was spraying weeds in a buggy on the country road back into town. He kept stopping at inconvenient places on the pavement so I had to run onto the wrong side of the road to get around him and it was terrifying as the traffic was backed up because of this guy.
I got sick of his fucking face as this happened at least 10 times on a 2 mile stretch.
I wanted to give up
By 8.2 miles I just wanted to walk home but I knew how shitty I would have felt if I’d given in. I just slowed down, tried to get my breath back and fortunately the rest of the run wasn’t so bad.
I guess I’m beginning to show a little maturity when it comes to bad runs.
In the past I’d have just thrown in the towel and naturally accepted it as a bad run. This time around I knew it hurt bad because I started out too fast (which is why I was so out of breath).
I held in there for 10.04 miles and I was delighted if not exhausted by the effort. It was much more difficult than last Sunday’s 16.5 miler but that’s to be expected considering I went into the run dehydrated.
Other than that today has been a good day. I’ve ate healthily and I’m still 203lbs. I feared after the bad start to the week that I’d gained weight but I’ve hit a balance it would seem.
Tomorrow’s run will be another 10 miler albeit slower this time. It’s not fun having to run off fumes through the last 2 miles.
I’d much rather start slow and finish strong during a run!