I managed a 14.1 mile run today which I loathed from start to finish. It was just one of those runs where a single negative thought would arrive into my head and I’d be battling it half a mile later.
The run wasn’t all bad though. I was ready for giving up at 13 miles again but I somehow kept with it and ran to 14.1. I emptied my mind of all thought and concentrated on putting one leg in front of the other.
I was running on fumes at the end, but I got home in one piece!
Why did the long run suck so much?
I’m guessing that the run was so difficult as a result of the 9.1 mile run yesterday. I put too much into the last 0.5 mile and my body hadn’t recovered properly from it.
It’s a little bit disheartening as the 15 mile run last week felt so good. I foolishly thought I had the long run mastered.
But I obviously don’t. I have so much to learn before I can even begin to consider myself even an average runner.
I’m not going to get better by being negative though. There are a lot of positives to take from today’s run and the past week in general.
- I exceeded my own expectations for the long run again. I ran 14.1 miles instead of the 14 miles I had set out to do.
- I covered 41 miles this week over 4 runs. I could have only dreamt of running 40 miles over only 4 runs up until a fortnight ago. I’ve ran 40+ miles over 4 runs, 2 weeks in a row now.
- My body has been feeling very strong over the mid distance runs. If I push my 9 milers up to 10 milers then I won’t panic so much during my long runs. These runs will only continue to get easier if this trend continues.
- In my Belfast Marathon 2012 training I only managed one run further than 14 miles. I’ve already managed 2 and it’s only the start of February. There’s nothing stopping me making it 3 next week. I just have to remain consistent and not disappear to Portugal and Spain again, 2 weeks before the marathon.
- My running finally seems sustainable now that I’m only running 4 times a week. This time last year I was running 6-7 times every week and was constantly on the verge of burnout. Getting up at 5am twice a week isn’t a big ask.
- I know that I’m one step closer to running a comfortable marathon after today’s run. I could have given up at 6 miles and went home but I didn’t. I seen it through and although it wasn’t fun, I got there. I’m in the best position I’ve ever been in as a marathon runner.
- This was the first time that I truly hated a run in 2 months. When I started running I hated every jog. I’ve come a long way in terms of attitude since then.
by Matt the Angry Jogger
Angry Jogger loves running to lose and maintain his weight. He started running as an obese man and is now only overweight at 200lbs. He started off at 280lbs.