So today was my long run. It was a morning run but this time I had company which helped immensely. We wanted to run a lap of lake Overholser and a lap of lake Hefner but the Redman Triathlon (uh hmm... where are all you triathletes??? You should be in Oklahoma today!!!) was today so Hefner was closed. We decided to do 2 laps of Overholser instead. Sound familiar? That's right, That's exactly what I did LAST weekend!! Uhhgg!
I ran with a couple of the fast group people. They took off flying as usual and I was left struggling to keep up. We ran the first few miles at 7:30 pace and then they decided that was too fast. I had decided a few miles back (actually in the parking lot) that that was too fast. It was nice of them to slow down....for a few moments.... then they were right back at it. I struggled through the first lap pretty well. I knew I needed to get faster on my long runs and this was the perfect way to do it.
We stopped to get water at the parking lot and I devoured an E-Gel. Then we were off again at break-neck speed to see the same sights and sounds I have now seen for 2 weeks. I'd like to say the conversation help take my mind off of the pain but I was not involved in the conversation much. My only input was a "yea", or a "no", or a "ha ha that's funny", or a "yes it's normal for one of my lungs to fly out of my mouth like that". You know, general banter.
I made it around to about 16 miles before my brain woke up and said enough. I had to walk. I checked Garmin and she told me I was 1 minute off my PR for 13.1 miles during this run. Holy crap! I almost PR'ed on a training run. Yea, that was a fast pace for me. It was like RACE pace! I walked/jogged back to the parking lot hoping to get 3 more so I could get my scheduled 20 in.
As soon as I stopped for water I knew it was over. I didn't have anything left. Starbucks was calling and my legs were answering the call. It's funny how different parts of your body let you know that your run is over for the day. Normally my legs are the most vulgar. Today it was my head. I just couldn't get my brain to engage and start running again. Every time I tried (OK it was only once) my thoughts drifted and I just couldn't keep going.Performance
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