I planned on running an out and back which means I would run out 5 miles and come back the same 5 miles. Not an exciting run but I just needed to get a long run in. My last long run was a month ago which isn't good since I will be starting my "official" training program in a week.
Physically I can run 10 miles- sometimes it is the mental part that trips me up. Knowing that it was going to be a hot & humid run, I knew it might be a physical & mental battle. What did I do to prepare myself for my run?
First I bought water on the run and a gel. Unfortunately I didn't have enough water with me but I managed. Note to self: buy a fuel belt with many water bottles.
Next I prepared a playlist. I downloaded a sermon by Louie Giglio. It would last 55 minutes which would give me something to focus on. I really enjoyed the sermon which took me to my half way point.
Then I switched gears to one of my playlists and jammed out to
"Stolen" by Brandon Heath- love it
"I Will Not Be Moved" by Natalie Grant- motivating song
"I Will Follow You" by Chris Tomlin- took me down the home stretch :)
About mile 8 the heat and lack of water started to take effect. By mile 10, I was done and home- YEAH!
Quick cool down- pay the sitter- drink lots of water. I stretched out really well- I have been trying to not skimp on stretching and I can tell it is paying off. My hamstrings and hips are a lot less tight and I am not too sore the day after a run.
Thoughts I'd like to share:
- summer running in Florida stinks!
- the "official" training hasn't even started- Yikes!
- run another marathon before turning 40- what was I thinking?
Proverbs 4:25-26 "Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm."