Sometimes when you get that midrun pain, my mind loses focus on 'smooth running' and I do thinks like look up at the sky and strain with the exertion.
I do that sometimes to take my mind off the road and just let my mind wander, which leads to rambling thoughts like:
You can tell the marathoning community of Toronto is gearing up for fall training. I see it on weekday mornings, when pairs of runners stride down the sidewalk. On the weekends, you see larger groups out there for longer runs. I was standing on top of a bridge taking a mid-run breather (it was supposed to be recovery) and watched a big running group stream below me. I later caught up to them when they were taking their walk breaks.
Went out for a 10K run this morning, felt pretty sluggish and just contemplating what I'm going to put myself through the next 18 weeks. More on the mindset of a runner in training, but I'm really trying to soak in the next few runs when I can just focus on getting in some miles.
Focus, even with this blog post, I'm feeling pretty unfocus, and that's a good thing. Good to let the mind drift before I'm pulled back in the world where I tick off each run and measure each one against my own expectations.
Now before I start thinking up future posts on my goals, or what marathon pace runs mean to the overall life of a training cycle, I'll just focus on getting some sleep. That'd be nice.
10K in 55:22 (YAY, finally did a recovery run)