This past weekend not only was this a hard mental run but it was hard for me physically. It wasn’t that I couldn’t do it, but I didn’t prepare myself well the night before and I also fell… out of my own klutziness.
The previous night I went to a fun “Christmas in August” party that my friend Shea threw for fun. It was great, but I was out later that I thought, and also didn’t fuel my body properly. I guess meatballs aren’t the best carbo loading food… The morning of I was tired but knew that getting this 20 miler in was not only imperative for my training but also my confidence as race day is getting closer and closer each weekend. We were off to Newport Beach where there is a fairly easy 10 mile loop which we were planning on running twice. One mile in and my stomach was UNHAPPY. I have been known to have some stomach issues previously so I was nervous and we literally had to walk to the bathroom. It was not good. We walked as fast as we could for 2 miles and finally stopped. After that I was good to get back on the road and running again, thankfully.
As you can see, the first three miles were much slower than what we were running later on in the day. I ate every 5 miles which is also why mile 15 is a bit slower as well because we walked and re-fueled. Honestly, I haven’t run this far in such a long time and actually felt okay, minus the bathroom mishap in the beginning, in I can’t even remember how long. I also fell on a wooden part of the path at mile 12, and landed on my knees and hands. It wasn’t anything terrible, more shocking than anything, and thankfully my knees were just a bit sore and I didn’t actually cut any part of my hands or knees.
It was just one of those runs where things aren’t great, but they aren’t terrible. I’m thankful that my stomach issues only lasted the first few miles, and I was happy to see that we were somewhat consistent with the rest of the splits. I was glad that even when I fell I got back up and wasn’t more seriously injured. I was so happy that my ankle felt great this run even though I twisted it just last Thursday. There are so many things to be thankful for, and focusing on the first three slower miles of the run could have bogged me down and bummed me out, but instead I am focusing on the positive and the fact that I got it done! 20 miles is always a journey, and this one taught me many things… Including that a post run reward of a Monkey Burger from In and Out is totally worth it. A Monkey Burger is a cheeseburger with animal style fries on the burger. Amazing.
I’m so thankful that I got through the entire run, didn’t quit or give up and finished. It’s all about the journey, not the destination.