I’m beginning to learn that running is more a mental thing than a physical thing for me. I have those physical days where I either don’t have the time or I’m too tired to run, but overall running is more a mental thing. This week I knew my long run was going to be 7 miles. My plan was to run to the treadmill studio, take the class, and then run home. In the end, that plan went out the window, but I still made it to class. In my class, I ran approximately 2+ miles and did some arm work. Normally I would call that a day and work in the long run the following week, but since my body was feeling good I figured I would try for a long run the next day, Sunday. The weather in the mornings have been nice and breezy so I was able to utilize that. Well, I was able to crank out 7.25 miles. I probably could have run 8 miles, but I didn’t want to overdo it. Sometimes the difficulty I have when running is just old habits of putting myself down or thinking negative thoughts. These days I just find ways of making running fun or something to look forward to. I reused my trick the last time I was training for a half, by letting myself download new music only I long run days. This week the weather is going to be hotter, but hopefully, I can catch a breezy window of opportunity to run in the morning. 3 more weeks before its time to run the Rock N Roll Los Angeles half marathon.
On another note, while I was browsing TJ Maxx I was able to score this massage stick for only $7.99. This stick was helpful after my long run. I feel like with foam rolling if you are not doing it the right way then you don’t really benefit from foam rolling. Also since my legs didn’t feel super sore or tight this was a good alternative aka I was just lazy to foam roll. Hahaha.