Runner’s Logic

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Happy Labor Day!

It’s hard to believe it’s the unofficial last day of summer. It seems like we’ve got a resurgence of summer weather so I’m more than happy to hang onto it for as long as I can. Jeans, boots, sweaters and all things pumpkin and apple can wait just a bit longer, in my opinion.

So let’s talk running.

I did something on Friday that I’ve never done before.

I ran my long run of the week on a Friday afternoon.

Friday is usually a rest day for me. But the kids were off from school so Ron stayed home from work with them. With the kids off, that meant I didn’t have to pick them up from school when I was done with work. Since I opted out of running on Thursday due to a cranky hamstring, I decided I’d run as soon as I got out of work.

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I’m a morning runner, no doubt about it. Whenever I run in the afternoon, I feel less energetic. It’s more of a slog than a run. With that in mind, I was anticipating feeling horrible. My initial plan was for 8 miles but was unsure how my hamstring was going to feel. Or even really how my stomach was going to handle it.

But then my fuzzy runner’s logic stepped in.

Mile 1 – This feels ok. Is the first mile ever fantastic for anyone? The good news was my hamstring was happy again.

Mile 2 – This feels good. Hmmm…8 miles is going to fly by.

Mile 3 – I think I’ll run mile 4-8 at goal marathon pace. I feel really good.

Mile 4 – Goal marathon pace doesn’t feel so bad. I’m kind of shocked that I can do this after being on my feet at work for 7 hours and eating none of my usual pre-run food. Maybe spinach, avocado and chicken are good running fuel?

Mile 5 – Still holding on.

Mile 6 – I’m going to need a couple of miles for cool down after I hit 8. I should run a total of 10 today.

Mile 7 – One more to go!

Mile 8 – Did it!

Mile 9 – I’ve got my long run tomorrow of 16 miles. If I run 10 right now, what’s 6 more? I’m almost there.

Mile 10 – Let’s do 16 miles!

Mile 11 – Whoops! Out of water and I don’t have any mid run fuel on me since I didn’t think I’d run this far. I’m draining fast. Jump in my car and head home to replenish my water bottle and grab some chomps.

Mile 12 – Gah! My legs stiffened up with the 20 minute break. Running on cement legs feels painfully slow although my pace isn’t that bad.

Mile 13 – Almost there! My legs are still stiff and now I’ve got a blister forming on my big toe. Ouch. I can’t quit now.

Mile 14 – 16 – I can’t remember a single thing from those miles. Finishing is all I focused on.

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I was pumped with how well the first 11 miles went but that little break messed me up. I was hungry, thirsty and tired at that point and just wanted to be done. It was a struggle to finish. Good training for running on tired legs? The good news was that my long run was done. I could sleep in a little bit on Saturday morning.

Hahaha. I guess my kids didn’t get that memo.

I definitely surprised myself that I could run that far on a Friday afternoon. And it was definitely marvelous to have my long run done for the weekend. Although I did run 9 miles on Saturday and Sunday.

However, I don’t think I’ll make it a regular habit to run long in the afternoon/evening. I slept horribly that night. I don’t think I had a deep sleep all night. And then my stomach was growling so loud around midnight that it actually woke me up.

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Marathon training really messes with your head. To the average person, 6 more miles is a big deal. But when you are accustomed to running more miles, 6 seems like a breeze. I tried explaining my fuzzy runner’s logic to Ron and he just said, “Whatever works for you.”

I don’t think he got it.

Do you prefer your long run on the weekend or during the week?

35 comments on “Runner’s Logic

  1. I’m in a running club, and we have a club run every Saturday from end of April to end of September.
    So my long runs aren’t on weekends during this period.
    I use to run my long run on a Monday, but I now do a speedwork session on a Monday night we a group of friends. So now my long run is switched to a Wednesday.
    When run club isn’t going, the yes my long run is done Saturday morning.
    I’ve just accepted a job, so I know that’s going to completely change my long run day.
    I much prefer running in the morning than in the arvo though.
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  2. Haha love this! SO true! My runners logic works almost every single day….usually with my coach about some random idea I have to move my workouts around. Isn’t it funny how you rationalize things on your runs, yet others have no idea how you came up with that.

    I am so glad Steve resists me now and does not let me do what I want……otherwise I would probably be over 100 miles by now….somehow rationalizing it!
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  3. I’ve noticed that if I get in a long run during the week I still find myself doing another one on the weekend. Of course, it’s usually “just” a 10-miler than another 10-12 miler. I bet it was worth it having that 16 done at least.

    1. I think anything goes during Ragnar. You may find your quite speedy in the afternoon. I’m 99% sure I’m going to fly during my night leg…just because I’ll be freaked out!

  4. Hah! I’ve been trying to do some afternoons for Ragnar training, but I’ve kept them to 4-5 miles! Stopping mid-run would mess me up for sure. I love how you can’t remember the last two miles – sounds like me!
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  5. If I can, I love having my long run on a week day when I’m able to enjoy my weekend without it. This fall that might be harder to do unless I find a way to make my long run (IF I train for something…have to make my decision about Boston SOON) on a tues, wed, thurs when my son is in school. I’m not a super early morning runner though…I don’t function well but a 9:00 am run on a weekday sounds perfect. Then I can sleep in on the weekends and have family time without having my long run take up such a large chunk of time!
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    1. Is it wrong that I’m dreaming of when I can run when my kids are in school full time? 9 a.m. sounds absolutely lovely. Only one more year till I can get at least 2 runs a week in at that time!

  6. I’ve returned to “after school” running now that I’m back teaching 3rd grade for the school year. Typically, during the school week, Monday through Friday, I can handle running 5 to 8 miles at night. This week I have 9 miles for Wednesday night. I prefer to do double digits runs on Saturday mornings, but I’ve done a few 10 milers on a Friday night. Marathon training right now, so 10 to 12 miles doesn’t seem so long anymore!

  7. I’ve been running my long runs on my “Fridays” (I work Thursday-Sunday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm) after work and I love it! I feel like it helps me eat mindfully at work over the weekend, and it frees up my time to do other things on my days off. I’m not a morning runner so that might be why it works!
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  8. I don’t think I’ve ever done a long run in the afternoon- 6-8 miles max! Although I do remember doing a few evening ten milers with the group in Houston and being surprised that I felt better later in the day than mid afternoon. I totally understand that logic, btw. :)

  9. Sometimes I just think going with the flow works best. Pushing to do more mileage when something is tight is never a good idea for me. Sometimes a 3 km “jog” turns into a 12km run. It is true I am NOT preparing a marathon, but sometimes I feel you just need to listen to what you body is telling you that day.
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