The other day when I was about to start my run on the Tobacco trail I overheard a conversation nearby. An older woman asked a runner who had obviously just finished a long, intense run, "what are you training for?" It seemed like a reasonable question to me, but I was surprised and intrigued by her answer. She said, "I'm training for life." hmmmm. I'm still not sure how to take that answer, and I really don't know how she meant it (remember, I was just eavesdropping), but I think there are lots of different interpretations and in reality, it's probably a good idea to want to be in good shape just "because". I actually thought about this for a bit on my run today. Obviously, I'm training for the marathon, but there are a lot of other things I'm training for too; health, weight management, a feeling of accomplishment, energy, etc.
This morning was a long run so it's good I had some things to think about. These mornings are always hard for me. I know that they are exciting, and very necessary for my training, but before you've started, a long run can be a daunting task. Sometimes, I drag my feet a little on these mornings. For example, I woke up at 6:15 today but didn't actually make it to the trail until 7:45. I made a new playlist yesterday and I decided before I began that I was not going to watch my pace. If I was going too slow, I didn't even want to know.
Lucky for me, I eventually made it to the trail and it went well! I finished 15 miles in 2 hours and 42 minutes. I averaged about a 10:48 pace. Not awful - I'll take it!! Now I am lying on the couch and hydrating until this afternoon. I might even get a nap in.