I successfully completed my 7 mile run this morning! No back pain, no tired legs, no cardio-wimpiness. It's safe to say my body is back in business and I'm seriously training for a marathon.
I mean... I have been for the last 3+ months... right?
Seriously though, for the last month or so I actually had given up in my mind and heart. I've already "quit" training... yet here I am back at it again. My body seems to be cooperating, and now I just have to wait for my mind and heart to catch up again.
For some reason, during my run, I kept dealing with this tape in my head that was saying "this is hard! I want to quit! Please stop!" But when I assessed how I was doing physically - all systems were a "go!"
Legs - not burning, actually comfortable, no cramps
Back - feeling strong and loose (but not too loose)
Breathing - feeling strong, right on track and comfortable
I chalked it up to that whole "mental game" thing. I guess when you "quit" in your head, it takes your head a little while to "un-quit."
It probably also has something to do with the fact that all week I've been running "tiny" miles... way less than where I was when I had to take my break a few weeks ago. There's something a little discouraging about going from 11 & 12 mile long runs back to FIVE mile "long" runs. Especially when you were doing 5-milers on your "easy" days.
I guess I'm just going to have to get over myself and keep training in order to get back to where I was before the break. Although - perhaps instead of trying to "catch up" to where I was... I should just focus on where I currently am and where I am going. There is definitely still enough time for me to train for the marathon - so I'll just have to let go of those first 3 months and focus on one run at a time.
If you'll excuse me, I need to go email the coach and find out what my marching orders (running orders?) are for Monday.