This training program (“Run Less Run Faster”) has 5- 20 mile runs on deck. I attempted number two this week, which was suppose to be last week, but I was sick. I thought that 20 miles would get easier, but guess what, news flash-THEY STILL SUCK.
Mostly it’s the mental for me more than the physical. Don’t get me wrong, 20 miles hurts any way you slice it, but what hurts even more is the thoughts that go through my head:
“12 more miles to go”
“4 miles in and I am just getting warmed up”
“How do I have a head wind heading south, I just had it going North, East, and West too.”
“First time on this street, I only have to run on it 2 more times.”
“Happy hour will taste so good.”
In fact, the wind got the best of me today. The gusts of 30 mph got to be unbearable. It was literally pushing me sideways on the bike path.
And the route gets to me. There is only so far you can run around this small town to get 20 miles. I prefer running down by my Mom’s where you can run a giant loop through 3 towns (Loveland,Windsor, and Fort Collins) all on back roads. Here it is either 10 miles out and back on a country road with an incredible headwind or run the perimeter of the town -twice. It’s a head game either way.
I made it 12 miles outside. Then hit up the gym for 6 more on the treadmill. Whew, mentally that was tough too. To get home and know that you were not done with your long run. I still had to get in the truck and drive to the gym. The treadmill without 12 miles on the legs first is pure mental torture. I was struggling big time by mile 15-only 3 more left. I made it 18 miles and called it a day.
Long runs are exhausting-mentally and physically.
How do you deal with the mental aspect of long runs? I whine and complain like I am doing now
Do you only do your long runs outside or on the treadmill or a hybrid like I did today? Up until today I have done all my long runs outside.