Shame on me, posting so late again! Sometimes life just gets in the way, you know?
“Life,” in this case, isn’t my new blog Health Blog Helper, though I am even more excited about that today after the response to my first two posts got (thanks, in no small part, to Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point). No, the “life” I’m talking about today is the 20-mile run I did this morning, my next-to-last at that distance before the big day, only 33 days away.
The run went perfectly, which I really needed after feeling a little bit shaky about this whole BQ-thing recently. I completed the run in 2:34:04, a 7:42 pace, just faster than the 7:45 I was aiming for. This, you might recall, comes after an unsuccessful first attempt to run the 20 at a 7:45 pace. I still got heavy legs during the final two miles or so today, but was able to maintain the 7:45, feeling much better all-around than last time.
My final 20-miler will be at 7:30 pace, which will be a big test. And then to think that on October 4th, I’ll still need to be 15 seconds faster than that for 20 miles, not to mention the final 6.2!
So Matt, how’d you do it?
In my post on excuses, I mentioned the tendency to take credit for our good runs, but blame the bad ones on external factor. So today I’m making a concerted effort to do the opposite. My run went so well today because:
- The temperature was below 70 degrees, perfect in my opinion.
- Even though I only took two water stops, it was plenty because I didn’t sweat much.
- I had great music and audiobooks to listen to.
- I taped over my blister with foam prewrap and sports tape, creating a bionic foot of sorts, and it felt great the whole time.
I think the last one is so important. As Pete from Chasing Geb informed me when I posted about the worst run of my life, stress can be the cause of premature fatigue. The brain just gets worn out, and eventually gives up on sending out orders to the body. On that run, the stress was of a grosser variety, but I think that when a blister is hurting you on every single step, it does a number on your brain, and therefore, your body.
Here’s a shot of my bionic foot, which I’m sure you just couldn’t live without seeing. The white stuff is Blister Shield powder, not some weird fungus.
I just can’t believe this rig stayed in place the whole 20 miles!
The heat thing was surprising; I like to think that I’m a pretty good runner in the heat and that it doesn’t affect me much. But man, what a difference. This run was so comfortable, even—dare I say it— “relaxing”?
So there you go. The new me. No more excuses when things don’t go well, and sharing the love when they do.