That is all I have to say to myself after my run this morning. This morning I woke up at 5:00 to prepare for a nice 10 mile run. I was not sure how this run was going to turn out after a long couple days of returning to school, the death of my wife’s grandfather and all the mental and physical fatigue that comes with a funeral. We got home late last night from the last of the family get togethers for the weekend to only crash instantly. I was not sure I was going to be ready to run this morning. However, I forced myself out of bed, ate peanut butter on some raisin bread, drank a cup of coffee, hooked all my gadgets to my body and took off. I was a little nervous to run because I tweaked my knee a couple days ago just doing stuff around the house. I am not being dramatic as I have been involved with sports and injuries for my whole life and I know that this pain I have on the inside of my left knee right below the knee cap is not a good thing. It hurts, but I went out anyways because I know how important these long runs are to my training.
I started out nice and slow and kept a good sustainable pace. I took off on a new course which was fun to see different parts of the city by foot. I felt great. The last two miles I was running between 8:00 – 8:20 pace to push myself in the end as I felt I still had plenty left in the tank. My legs will be tired all day today, but I feel great! My knee pain subsided during the run, but now that I have returned home, it is not feeling too great. I will be jumping into an ice bath here in a few minutes to help my muscles and hopefully that will help.
I finished up running 10.01 miles in 1:38:01 with an average mile pace of 9:47 and burning a nice 1789 calories. Now back to the stress of getting things ready for school tomorrow now that we actually have a day to get everything done.
The quote I leave with you today is one that hits the nail on the head and my run today was proof of this quote.