I just got back from my 10-mile run! So glad that's over!
I did NOT want to run today. Just didn't feel like it. I was trying to come up with every excuse in the book of why I should skip it... but in the end I went and put on my running clothes and forced myself to go outside.
I was expecting the wind to be awful, because the news said it would be 20-30 mph gusts. I overdressed and ended up taking my fleece off after about 2 blocks. LOL It wasn't as bad as I had expected, about 55, overcast - ideal for running.
As I was making my way down the street I kept giving myself little cognitive pep talks and saying things like, "This isn't so bad. This really isn't bad at all. You're feeling pretty good." It actually helps, believe it or not! When I focus on how awful I feel, it just exacerbates my woes.
It was pretty funny - on my route there's a strip of slightly seedy bars - I wouldn't want to go running by there at nighttime, but during the day it's relatively harmless. There was an old guy standing outside one of these establishments smoking a cigarette. He looked friendly enough. As I approached him he smiled and said, "Young lady, you're making the rest of us look bad!" I thought that was sorta cute. It made me smile.
I wore my new "Be Band" I got yesterday - which is sort of like a thin, lycra tube top for your belly... it has a lot of different uses but can be used to cover up pants that won't quite button, hold up pants that your growing belly tends to push down and also just to support your belly. It seemed to help support my belly on the run a lot. Normally when I am doing a 10-mile run, the ligaments in my sides and lower belly will start to ache after 8 or 9 miles. They didn't this time! I also felt much better when I got done... I am not sure why but I'm not as exhausted as I usually am. I took a nice hot shower when I got home, got dressed, and I still feel like I may have some energy left to do a few things!
Less than a month til the marathon... it's June 19th and for the past few years, this has been the date summer has decided to make its arrival in Duluth. Last year it was uncomfortably hot - I was horrified to learn it was already 67 degrees and very muggy when I got out of bed at 4:30 a.m. By the finish of the race, it was in the mid 80's. I pray for a cool day this year... it will help reduce the stress on my pregnant body. I do my fair share of complaining about the lake wind around here, but I would be thrilled to have a nice, strong tail wind come June 19th!