|The Bouddi Coastal Path|
Feeling a bit under the weather after such a long day yesterday and the late start and problems of this morning, I wasn't enthused by the thought of a late morning run, especially a longer one as planned. Nevertheless, around 11:00am, on a beautiful warm and sunny day, I dragged myself out the door and set off for an easy 22km run following a course that gave multiple options for short-cuts if I felt bad, or my right arch was hurting too much.
|Just a small section of the Maitland|
I finished tired and sweaty, with aching legs, but know this is what I need - some long steady runs that will help me regain the form I was enjoying a couple of months ago. We have a 42km Terrigal Trotters trail run scheduled for Sunday, and this morning's run gives me confidence I'll be able to go the distance. The wisdom of going for the run, even though I really didn't want to, was confirmed.
In my opinion, this is one of the testing times for all serious runners. That is, forcing yourself to go for training runs when you really, really, don't want to. It's worth persevering. Not only do you get a training benefit from the run in question, but the experience goes into your psychological "bank". That is, you gain self-confidence and self-respect by knowing that you can make yourself do things that other runners would not, and it becomes easier to get out for a run the next time it seems too much trouble.
|Today's run finished around the edges of Cockrone Lagoon|
This is an exaggeration, of course. There are many athletes, not all of them "elite", who force themselves to go out on training runs when they would rather be doing something else. They will know what I'm talking about.