Distance: 10:01 miles
Pace: 10:57 min/miles
“Come on girl! You’ve never been a quitter! Don’t quit now! Come on… get your a** in gear!!!” Someone around 8.4 miles, my hamstrings and quadriceps felt weighted. Those muscles felt like five pounds of weights were strapped to my thighs with heavy electrical tape. The goal for today was 10 miles. Typically 10 miles is cake for me, but I think running in the unexpected heat took a toll on my body. While I was well hydrated, the last time I ran in 85+ temps was probably Fall 2012. I don’t know about other runners, but my body has to become conditioned and acclimated to the summer temps. In Jersey, we’ve gone from 70ish spring like weather to a four-day 90 degree heat wave.
I had to talk.. more like yell at myself to keep going. I swear there’s a beastly coach residing within me. She appears only when I am on the verge of quitting. Her harsh and demonic like voice forces me to push myself beyond, what I think is my breaking point, to keep moving. I stopped briefly only to take swags of water from my bottle or to douse my body with ice-cold water from neighbors sparsely running sprinklers. Still the remaining 1.6 seemed like another eight miles down the road. Mistakenly I listed to my MapMyRun voice update every .3 miles, which made the remaining distance feel even longer. That was not smart. Finally I did a quick body check:
Do my knees hurt? No. Cramps? No. Feel dizzy? No. Chest pains? No. Do I feel pain…anywhere? No. Then keep moving and stop looking for an excuse to stop!
The desire to quit is internal. If we are not careful, external forces such as negative energy from those around us can trick us into giving up. Just as Conrad Hilton affirms , Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. So there you have it…
Keep it movin and have a great weekend!