…and that is why I sign up for races!
I would have been content running 2-3 miles, but then I would have never known that after mile 3-4 (for me) it gets easier (physically not mentally). I could have stayed in my safety zone and just done casual 15-20 mile rides, but then I would have never felt that burn you get deep in your glutes when you push yourself hard on your bike. That burn is what makes cyclists have such great butts 🙂 and really, who doesn’t want a great butt?!
Some days I am harder on myself than I should be. I set out on a run with a particular goal or pace in mind and then get down on myself when I didn’t reach it. BUT WHY DO I DO THIS? Every day is different after all~ the weather, the amount of sleep, poor or great nutrition, stress, soreness, etc… I just need to remind myself now and again about how far I have come in this journey.
Two years ago I was training for my first duathlon. I could run 2-3 miles, but it took some effort. I could ride my bike 20 miles, but never did much more than that.
Last year, I could run 3-4 miles, but the 4 mile days were seldom and felt very “long”! I could ride 20 miles easily, and did an occasional 25-30 mile ride, which afterwards I felt wiped.
Here we are today. I have completed a half-marathon. My “long” runs are now 8-12 miles and a “short” run is 3-4 miles. A “short” ride is 20 miles. I have completed a 100k bike ride and can easily do 30 miles and feel great after. At the beginning of May I considered a run under a 9:30min/mile fast. Now I try to pace myself to stay under 9:00min/mile if I am running under 6 miles. (I try to stay around 9:00-9:30 on my “long” runs, but let’s face it, that does not always happen or is not always easy to do.) I lose mental capacity around mile 8 and it is often a struggle from that point on.
I need to remind myself that I am not a professional racer.
I am just out there doing it.
It is supposed to be fun.
I will set out to run my own races!
Set a destination and take the journey!