After last week’s post I feel the need to lighten the mood ’round these parts a bit. If not for you, then at least for myself. But before we do that, here’s a brief recap of my running plan and overall goings-on for this week.
Thankfully this week’s mid-week runs call for a set of four 5-mile runs. This is the first time since about week 3 that the mid-week routine has seemed this “easy”. You know you’ve been training, and training hard, for 13 weeks when the prospect of back-to-back-to-back-to-back 5-mile training runs is welcoming.
As it stands now I’m comfortable with my pace and even better am 100% doldrums-free (thanks for all your kind, encouraging words in the comments last week). We’ll see how I feel at 5:00am Saturday when I have to drag myself out of bed to run all over Chittenden County for 19 miles, but so far so good this week.
I checked in with my coach and she remains as encouraging as ever. Frankly, from her years of experience, her “been there done that, no need to worry too much” attitude has been a big wind in my sails to push me over the tough spots. This week’s mini-crisis that I unloaded on Coach is a blister on the side of my right middle toe. There’s no better way to describe the blister than it looks like that baby monster coming out of the person’s belly on the movie Alien. It’s ugly, nasty and seems to have a mind of its own – no matter how I try to medicate it. The blister story, however awkwardly, leads me to the main point of last and this week’s post.
When I told Coach about the blister, she said, “That’s why they call it Monster Month.” Being the good student (nerd?) that I am, I quickly read up on the topic, which resulted in me feeling better about my recent bad running vibes, lacking a better term. There are a lot of great topics covered in the Monster Month article, instead of rehashing them here, I highly encourage all Rooks to read it. Now.
That about covers anything of import I had to say for this week. Before I leave you, I will post a few quotes that have made sense to me along this journey, and seem to make even more sense the further I get into training. (NOTE – normally I’m not a big motivational poster or quote type of guy, but normally I’m not also trying to run 26.2 for the first time, ever)
- Good things come slow, especially in distance running. -Bill Dellinger
- You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement. -Pre
- Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about. -PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian
- The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. -John Bingham
- It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse. -Ann Trason
- You’re running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You’re delirious. But you keep running because there’s no way out of this hell you’re in, because there’s no way you’re not crossing the finish line. It’s a misery that non-runners don’t understand. -Martine Costello
- Pain is temporary; finishing is forever. -Unknown
- If you feel bad at 10 miles, you’re in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you’re normal. If you don’t feel bad at 26 miles, you’re abnormal. -Rob De Castella
I would love to hear your weekly training experiences or drop a few quotes of your own below.