|No, this photo will NEVER get old|
|Apparently my new shoes came with rocket boosters?|
I ended up convincing myself that I needed a break. Coach B agreed and we walked for a bit, started to run again when I complained of cramping and so we slowed our pace. Was the cramping caused by dehydration again or was this a mind over muscle thing? Maybe a little of both.
When we finished our run I asked Barbara what I should do next? I had been really tempted to sign up for the Chicago half marathon in September but was worried about training over the summer. She looked at me in that way that you know she's going to tell you something you probably don't want to hear but know you need to hear and told me I need to suck it up. She told me that I need to push through my brain telling me that I can't do something because I can. When I told her that my first 3 miles of the last half marathon were low 9:XX/miles and that I don't normally run that pace she looked at me and said, yes, but you can.
So during the summer I'm going to suck it up so that on September 8 I will be prepared to toe my fourth half marathon start line. I have a training plan (and I love having a detailed plan) and a shiny new goal/PR in mind!
Are you training over the summer? What races are on your calendar?