If every long run for the rest of the season feels like today’s, I’m screwed.
It had all the promises of a good run at 8:15, as I waited for Laura and Stephanie. I’d gotten a good night’s sleep, my stomach wasn’t bothering me…that was about all I thought I could ask for. Oh, and the weather was okay.
But Laura and Stephanie came up, I jumped in Forrest Gump-style (thanks Emily) and carried on. Laura already wasn’t feeling awesome, but I hoped that we could distract her into feeling better. I jumped in with them right across from the Tavern on the Green and we continued around the loop until we saw Ali and stopped to chat for a few seconds. None of us were feeling super-hot, and we just ran with what we had, which wasn’t much.
We ran up to the reservoir, halfway around it, then up to the 102nd Street Transverse and back across to the East side down to the 5th Ave entrance.
Again, nothing ever hurt, but nothing ever felt great either. All my long runs need to be faster than this (and I believe they will) if I want to accomplish my goal in October. This was kind of a discouraging way to start my long runs, but I can only go up from here, right?
This was unequivocally awesome–whole wheat everything bagel with tofu cream cheese. I stopped with Laura at the southeast entrance to the park, and ran another 2.5ish miles alone, straight to the bagel shop.
Afterwards, I met her and friends at Rattle & Hum for some beer and could NOT get comfortable, whether I sat or stood.
But I’m plenty comfortable on my couch right now. You know, recovering.
Did you run today? How’d it go? Have you had a crappy start to training that you turned around? Yeah? Awesome.