We ran a mile to the T and back, then around the block. I seriously had to stop and walk because my achilles hurt so much. I was just totally exhausted and we were only doing about a 10:40 pace. I almost just turned back and went home. No, I can do this. I've had some really fast runs this week so I can't do them all at that pace. I need a slower run. It's ok to be tough today.
We start to head out of town through DogTown. OK, they're going to go out a mile and then back around Ethanol. I could just walk north, waiting for them to catch up from their mile west. I have to push through this. Here we go! Rachael started her signature chatter and we sped up to almost a 10-min pace. I was really working to keep that, but pushed along. There was heavier than normal traffic making us run single-file.
We got back to the Ethanol turn and I just kept telling myself, "Make it to the top of the hill and then you can let loose and just run." I seemed to calm down after that. I was feeling more relaxed and was able to get going on a more normal pace. We finished the last few miles well under 10:00. Hindsight, it was a tough run, but good mental training today.
today's mileage: 8 miles running
weekly mileage: 30 miles running
monthly mileage: 47 miles running
annual mileage: 448 miles running; 415 miles riding; 10.6875 miles swimming
TOTAL mileage: 873