2 WODs (screaming quads) + 19mi = Runner Validation (Mental Victory!)

Okay, So I’m not doing so well with the staying on top of things and “jotting” down my thoughts and adventures… So allow me to tell you about my adventures for the week… Bare with me through Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is the real gem 🙂

Monday– CrossFit WOD
8 Min to Complete the Following Task
KB Swings  RX70/55
2 Min. Rest
8 Min to Complete the Following Task

Double Unders
2 Min. Rest
8 Min to Complete the Following Task
4 Rounds for Time

10 Push Press/Jerk RX 135/95 
15 broad jumps

OH THAT WAS FUN RIGHT?! We inhaled some leftovers and watched Supernatural. 🙂

Tuesday I ran 5 miles and then went back to my box for some more…

10 Box Jumps M24″ W20″

10 Clapping Pushups
1 Min Rest
10 Thrusters 95/65

10 Pull-Ups
1Min Rest
20 Overhead Walking Lunges M25 W15

20 Hollow Rocks

HOLY MOTHER OF PICKLES. I practically CRAWLED out of there. I had prepared Firecracker Chicken (recipe to come. trust me, you want it), some mashed garlic cauliflower, and a veggie.

Which brings me to Wednesday……

I rolled out of bed at 0515 and got ready to run. Poured myself some coffee and sat down at the table… Pondered running with screaming legs… my mind was weak. So hours passed as I read the blogs of others and poured over recipes… I reworked my entire week of running to avoid the long run for the day… FINALLY at 8am, I stood up with determination and made the preparations for my 14mi run. I grabbed a piece of homemade protein bar, a GU, filled my Nathan water bottle, prepared a Gatorade for when I finished…. and I plopped into my car heading down to run a completely unplanned long run up down and around Columbus GA. I text my brother en route reassuring myself that long runs are not “hard” runs, they are endurance runs… they are there to help break your body in and keep you enduring. Not break you…….

Allow me to recap…Image
0900 Start.
Mile 1– hoooooooooly em effer this is going to suck. Why didn’t I run earlier when it wasn’t hot?!
Mile 2– I feel like I’m creeping.
Mile 3– HOLY HECK! When I finish this, this will be my 3rd longest consecutive run ever!
Mile 4– I need a mantra. How have I run this long without one? Ohhh man, I need to weave up and down these roads. I’m not going to be able to hit 14 at this rate.
Mile 5– Thank God this breeze is here. What the heck did that lady say to me??! (.25mi later I realized she said nice socks. oops)
Miles 6-7– Testing new mantras……. eventually came upon “You can do this” to the tune(?) of “lets go defense” used in sports… haha.  I even did the “doot doot doo-doo-doot” part. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER.
Mile 8– Uhhh. I feel really good? This can’t be good.
Mile 9– I’m running out of places to run and I don’t want to run somewhere I have run already today!
Mile 10– Haha. That place is called lookin’ good, but I am going to take that as a compliment. 🙂
Mile 11– GIMME GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU (It was actually a Clif Shot of the Chocolate type)
Miles 12-13– Mantra changed to “You will do this”
Mile 14 was literally joyous.
ImageI was not fast… but 2 hours 24 minutes and 48 seconds after I began… I was finished. I did not walk except for while consuming GU at Mi11 and got pissy when I got stuck at crosswalk lights. I have become that person that jogs in place. It was less painful than stopping!

I walked a mile to my car feeling accomplished and proud.

I am A RUNNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t know what made this so different than the races I’ve completed or any other run. But somehow I feel like mentally I have finally validated myself as a runner.  We’ll see how well that goes when I approach next week’s 16-miler.

Everyone celebrates victories with Dark Chocolate M&Ms and an ice bath (my first) right? 😉


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