I officially hit the wall.
Don't worry. It was a totally self-funded wall built only around my own mind, blocking the knowledge of my endurance capabilities from reaching my legs.
It was sometime just before the 10 mile mark of my 10-miler nearly two weeks ago. My legs just didn't want to keep running anymore. And because I misjudged the distance of the particular route I took, I still had about a half mile left to go before I could plop myself down on the couch and call it a day.
Somehow I trudged forward, watching as my apartment complex got larger as I drew closer. I got home, grateful for the fact that I completed all my chores like scrubbing the bathroom and mopping the floors the day before. Seriously, there's nothing worse than going out for your long run only to get home and have to clean. At least I planned ahead before I embarked on my 10-ish mile journey and was able to relax with my boyfriend and pup (and do some serious stretching and foam rolling) when I got home.
That leads me into last week and this current one. That wall still exists, although it is slowly crumbling down.
There are a few things that are helping to topple down that wall. The first is the simple knowledge that I ran 114 miles in the month of April. Let me repeat that: I ran 114 miles in the month of April. I've never run 100 miles in a single month, yet this April I surpassed that mileage. Holy. Cow. Talk about a confidence boost. Then there's the fact that it's officially half marathon month. I only have a few short weeks until race day. Then I can rest until my next bout of training begins. Hallelujah. And, finally, one thing that has really been helping me get through these struggle-runs is daydreaming about the amazing massage I plan to schedule for sometime in the days following my half marathon. It will be utterly delightful.
I've always said I'd rather hit that wall while training, because I know I can knock it down completely before race day with enough positive thinking and patience. I have two long runs left before race day — an 11-miler this Sunday and a 12-miler the following Sunday. Even if I have to slow to a walk at times (it happens), or my allergies try to kick my butt (there's not enough Kleenex in the world to stop my nose from dripping this time of year), or I get drenched in the rain (like this past Sunday when it started pouring on me minutes into my run in spite of my weather app saying it had passed), I'll get 'em done.
-The Girls on the Run group I'm helping to coach just completed the practice 5K this week! I cannot get over how inspirational these girls are. I know they'll be more than ready to rock it come race day on May 13. If you're looking to run with or cheer on some awesome kiddos, sign up at gotrchicago.org. You can also support the Northwest Indiana Girls on the Run at gotrofnwi.org. Their 5Ks are coming up later in May as well!
-I've finally registered for a handful of other races this year. Aside from the Girls on the Run 5K and the Chicago Spring Half Marathon, I'll be running the Munster Rotary Run-A-Round 5K and 10K again this year. I'm even trying to convince my folks to walk the 5K this year with my pup Franklin, who will be dressed in his Batman costume. I also will be running the Color Run in Chicago, because I love nothing more than looking like an actual piece of confetti cake.
-Candace Mitchell also shared a recent update with me as for how her training has been going. In addition to running 13, 14 and 15 miles, she and her running buddies took pat in the Shamrock Shuffle. They are running the Indy race later in May and are also in the midst of preparing for the Chicago Marathon, which is why their miles are a bit higher on Saturdays than usual. "We run close to 30 miles per week according to our training schedule," Mitchell shared via email. Keep up the great work!