I’m so proud of my hometown area.  That’s my race everyone!! The race for which I even got back together with Mr. Long Run, after dissing him for a few months this past winter/spring. I’ve never run in a race that is expected to have 10,000 people. The biggest race I’ve ever run is the Tufts 10K and that’s all women (except for, literally, a handful of guys).   So, if you get Runner’s World, or even can just go to the library to read it, open up to page 100, and then think of me in a month.

They say the race is grueling, humid, and hot.  Yep, all sounds like upstate NY to me.  Let me remind you again of the elevation chart:


My brother, who has run this race before (but unfortunately can’t be there this year) told me that the huge mother-of-a-hill is in the golf course, which makes me nervous.  I think I know where that hill is – I think I might have run it before when I was high-school age, and used to do their Tuesday night races.

So, I reread the article this morning before I headed out for my 7-miler.  Thanks to everyone’s advice, I did cut back this weekend from the 9.3 miles I did last weekend.  I thought of Penny from Planet Ynnep Running and how much I’d love to be able to share these last few mornings with her – they’ve been really overcast and gray, our favorite type of running weather.) As you can tell, I was a bit pumped at the beginning:

  • Mile 1: 9:16
  • Mile 2: 9:24
  • Mile 3: 9:31
  • Mile 4: 10:18
  • Mile 5: 10:20
  • Mile 6: 9:32
  • Mile 7: 9:11
  • Last .1: 8:55

As you can see, I’m having a problem in the middle of my runs, and after dissecting my run upon returning home, I have realized, it’s a mental one.  Around midway, I’m either bored, or I start to hear a voice in my head and it sounds like a pendulum swinging back and forth, trying to hypnotize me, repeating over and over, “you’re getting tired, there’s no way you can keep this pace up, you’re getting tired…”  It’s weird how with a 5K, I feel confident with keeping my paces in the 8 range, at 5 miles, I feel confident with keeping my paces in the 9s, and then when I go over that in distance, all goes to hell, mentally. I really need to work on this.

How do a lot of you cope with this?   

Running Within (image from Overstock.com)

Running Within (image from Overstock.com)

 I am going to try to re-find my book, Running Within, that I read last summer while training for the marathon.  It seemed to help a lot.  (And I see that Kara wrote a review of it two years ago.) But I always love hearing advice from other runners. It gives me something to think about while I’m out there all alone.

Do  you think it could be because I’m running on somewhat fatigued legs? My usual schedule has me taking Wednesdays off, then I run 4-5 miles at a decent clip on Thursdays, ride the bike on Fridays for about 45-50 minutes with rpms between 90-100, and then do these “longer” runs on Saturdays.   (I hope this is part of it because I don’t plan on running the day before, possibly 2 days before the race to make sure they’re fresh.) I also tried to do my route with hills for part of today’s run – I know I can’t shy away from them while preparing for this race.

I do miss running with the ladies from my running club on Saturdays.  However, I do want to run this race with under 10 minute miles – 9:30s or better would be awesome.  And I realize that they won’t be with me  on race day, so I’m trying to make myself mentally tougher by going it on my  own. And, I figure that on race day I can use the crowd support as a booster to keep on going.

Also, I’m definitely done with carrying the water bottle on my Saturday runs – that is quite annoying.  I’d rather spread the weight onto my back with the Camelbak, I’ve just got to get used to measuring out the fluid so I’m not carrying as much as I would use if I was training for 26 miles.

One thing I did see this morning – an older couple just starting out on a morning run, just as I was nearing my last half mile.  I said good morning, of course (I’m a waver), and was thinking in my head “Good morning – go runners!”

By the way, I was invited to be  part of the Running Community in the Health Blogging Network with Wellsphere, and I think I’m going to be a part of it.  I still have to apply for it, but hopefully since they invited me, it’ll be a quick process.  I won’t get paid, but I’ll keep on doing what I’m already doing and hopefully more people can see my blog.  (Please believe me, for those of you dedicated readers who continue to read my ramblings, I am so grateful.)  They say that if you want to write, and write well, you need to keep on writing. So that’s what I’m doing.  Thanks to all of you who’ve given me so much support.