They are definitely not my favorite. In fact, until this year, I really have never been consistent with them. Today was my last long run before the Princess half marathon. And, to better simulate the weekend of races, today’s run capped off three days of mileage. I say ‘mileage’ instead of run because we took it easier yesterday and did a long walk instead of a run.
I’ve always struggled with the long training run. It’s always been hard for me to find the motivation to get it done. I believe the reason is because I’m a slower runner so it takes a long time for me to complete the run, which means it’s a time commitment and it’s so easy to use the “I don’t have time to go run 10 miles today” because it usually is tue.
Today was a hard one. Mainly because I had a meeting at noon to go to, so I felt the time crunch even before we started the run. On long runs, we usually walk a bit to warm up, but count that as part of the mileage. Eventually we started run/walking, but it we definitely extended the warm up walk a little longer than necessary. The weather today was much warmer than normal for this time of year, which we felt almost as soon as we began the running. We pushed through, forcing ourselves to turn away from the house to get the last half of the 10 miles in, when really both of us wanted to go back.
I know that running is a mental game for me. I really love participating in races and I also have come to really enjoy my 45 or 60 minute training runs, but the long run? Nope, not so much. Which is probably why I’ve avoided it for so long. I am trying to get better though. I was 30 minutes faster at Tinker Bell 2013 than I was at Tinker Bell 2012, and I know that had a lot to do with the fact that I ran a half marathon almost every month in 2012. My winter/spring race schedule is full of half marathons or challenges- one a month until May. I plan to keep up with a 10 mile run between those race weekends and I’m hoping to continue to see some time improvement by doing that. I’ll never be a fast runner, and that is ok. I just want to be able to enjoy running every chance I get.