Some runs are going to hurt – they have to hurt if you’re training for something that exceeds your comfort zone. It’s really unavoidable.
Believe me when I say that I LOVE to run nice and easy and just enjoy being out there, but when there is a pace goal, a “Super Bowl” goal, on the line, that kind of running just won’t do. You gotta climb into the hurt box and stay there. It’s just the way it is.
Funny thing is, when you stop trying to take short-cuts and you stop trying to maintain an acceptable level of comfort or even discomfort, you start finding out just how tough you are, physically, but even more so, mentally. Your legs fill up with lactic acid and they keep moving but you don’t know exactly how it’s happening anymore. Your breath comes out in uncontrolled ragged gasps and you have to reign it back in and master yourself there. You aren’t quite hitting your pace and your really tired but you have to lean into it and force yourself to go just a little bit faster. Push, dammit!
And it occurs to you to just accept that this is the way it’s going to be. You didn’t really think it was going to feel any different than it feels – did you? You knew it was going to hurt and suck and feel like death – you knew it. This is what you signed up for. And when you run the race that you’re training for, it’s going to feel like this again, maybe even worse, and you will have to push through to the end, just like you have to push through on this training run. So keep going. Accept and and keep moving.
You so got this!