Today I learned:
I need to love my water belt.
It’s my friend
I had planned on doing 12 miles today, but yesterday there was some comments on facebook about flooding across the trail just beyond the 4 mile mark, so I decided to cut it down to 8 miles. I don’t mind running through water, but the rumors were that it was pretty deep, and had a bit of a current… Pass.
I started out running w/ Christina, but ended up running most of the 8 miles by myself. I’m glad I brought my iPod (and remembered headphones) this week. It was nice to put in some music, and just space out. I’m usually not a fan of running long by myself; I love running with the group, but today it just worked out that I ran by myself, and it really wan’t to bad.
I had complete freedom to go as fast (or slow) as I wanted and feel no pressure. NOT that anyone pressures me, but when I run w/ someone I feel obligated to run WITH them and that sometimes means running a pace I don’t want to run…and I’m fine with that 99.7 % of the time.. but it really felt great to just air it out today.
I ran hard. and it felt darn good.
I kept looking at my watch and silently freaking out over the pace. “If I’m running a 7:50 in the 2nd mile, will I be able to hold this for the next 6 miles?” “Am I going to burn up and end up crawling back to the parking lot?” “Is this real?”
Stupid self doubt. Running really is a huge mental game. Physically, I was feeling fantastic, but mentally I was scared I’d burn out. Since I was running alone, the pressure was a little less. I just kept pushing, and told me self if I had to, I could slow down on the way back.
We had some fog this morning and it seemed a little “cooler” out… I use the term cooler. extremely loosely. I’m really counting down the days until the cooler temperature roll in for a few months.
I recently bought the amphipod 4 bottle water belt… I’m feeling very meh about it. For one, it’s to big. It I put it around my waist I’m at the very end of the velcro, and if I lose a few more lbs, it will definitely be to big. If I put it down around my hips, it bounces like crazy… I think I might return it. water belt recs? I don’t know if I really need a 4 bottle.. The thing I do like about the amphipod is that I can take off the bottles I don’t want to use – which I guess I could probably do that w/ any belt. — The flasks are difficult to get out of the snaps. Any tips on how to get them out faster/easier?
Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!
Tomorrow we are headed over to Cocoa Beach on the motorcycle.