Sunday I went on a long run. Because of my knee pain/IT band injury, I have been cutting my long runs short. Sunday was the first 20+ run I've committed to in awhile, but I knew I had to get it in before my two weeks of taper since my first marathon is coming up in just over two weeks!
So my friend Bre and I ran. We decided on 22 miles. I'd tried to do more running the week before, but hadn't worn my new Mizunos yet. Decided that even though it was raining, that even though I hadn't slept enough the week before, or eaten well or enough, I would still do the 22 miler. It was raining that morning, but I have gotten used to running in the rain and actually prefer it to running in moderate heat! (I swear, aliens must have invaded my body).
It rained the entire 22.29 miles. I got hungry, I got a little crabby, but I finished. I felt good during most of it, and truly felt that "runner's high." I felt good while running, my knees didn't hurt, and I just appreciated running. Even when I felt tired, I felt strong and like I was a real runner. I was soaked everywhere, and starving, and exhausted, but I felt like a runner. And I couldn't wait for my marathon.
My knee's been a little achy but not too bad. It's been my calves that have been hurting most.
I've decided that starting this Saturday, two weeks from my marathon, I will cut out alcohol and fried foods. I can still eat cookies :P but I'm going to try and cut back. Last week I ate less and slept less I still felt amazing, so I figured I could stand to have a little more balance. :P