I used to have quite a bit of anxiety on Sundays and not really enjoy the day.
It was the day filled with: running errands, prepping for the week, and then of course thinking about work the next day—never a good thing.
However, now that I’ve been doing my long run on Sundays—and my schedule has been rearranged a little—I am finding I don’t have as much anxiety.
Craig and I have been running errands Saturday afternoon, and I try to get as much prepping done on Saturday. That leaves my Sunday for focusing on my long run and using the afternoon to relax, recover, and enjoy some down time. I, of course, still end up doing some work, but it hasn’t felt as rushed.
Today’s long run
Distance: 15 miles
Weather: cold (15*), windy, but sunny
Overall, the run went well! I didn’t experience any pain, and I felt pretty good throughout the run. My legs were feeling it by the end, but that’s to be expected.
I had one GU throughout my run. Love the mint chocolate flavor—very authentic.
I realized on my run today that if I didn’t have a plan I followed—and predetermined mileage for the day/week—I am pretty sure I wouldn’t push myself to test my limits.
If I just ran by how I was feeling, I know I would always stop before really challenging myself to see what I am capable of. For example, after 90 minutes today, I was starting to feel fatigued, but I still had 40 minutes to go. If I was running by how I felt, I probably would have stopped at that point, but since my goal was to run another 40 minutes, I kept pushing through.
I, by no means, think I pushed myself too far today! Those last 40 minutes were a mental test for me because I only ran 1 mile longer than I did last week.
What are your thoughts. . .
Do you always have a plan you are following? or Do you run by how you are feeling?
If you didn’t have a plan, do you think you would be able push yourself hard enough?