I hate complaining and whining. But my long runs have not been happy places this past month. Remember earlier in the month when I tried to see the positive light behind the 16 miles I ran? Then a couple weeks ago I ran 18 and I felt good. Today--3 weeks before my marathon--I ran 20.5. I feel terrible. Post-run, I am a wheezing, coughing machine (thank you 20 deg temps). I ran on snow in the morning before it melted and that caused extra effort, too, I am sure. After 13.75 miles I had to finish my first big loop and stop at home to use the bathroom. That made my stomach feel worse for the last 6.75 miles. And I am laying in bed feeling all-around not great now.
I have to admit those first 13.75 miles were done maybe a little too fast (just about 10 sec slower than marathon pace). I slowed it way down for the last 6.75 miles but by then my stomach was not feeling great and that was just depressing me. It takes my stride away.
Long runs and I have not had a great relationship this training cycle. I am hoping, hoping, hoping that things click and come together a lot better in 3 weeks in Austin. Until then, I will sit back and wish I had signed up for 13.1 instead. I know I can do 13.1 and I can do it well. 26.2....that is another story.
Anyway, I am trying not to whine. I just don't feel it is possible to reach my time goal for Austin, but really finishing is what matters.
Did anyone else brave the cold and have a good long run today? I hope so...I need to hear positive stories.