I was running home from TrackTuesday just now and pondering things, as you do. I was thinking about how my left foot ached and how weirdly I quite liked the sensation because it signalled that my mileage was increasing. It reminded me of something I noticed when I had the 3 weeks off after Florence Marathon before Christmas. For the first few days I would get up to go to the loo in the night and feel like something was weird. Then I realised it was because my feet didn't ache slightly. Normally, for some reason I notice it in the middle of the night and because I wasn't running I didn't have that sensation...and I kind of missed it. Anyway, as I was pottering home tonight it got me thinking about all the things I love about racking up the miles. It's easy at this point in the run up to spring marathons for people to start dreading their long runs, so here are some of the things I love about higher mileage weeks. NOTE: I realise that these might not be a) advisable or b) entirely normal
1. At the start of a training block I usually feel like I can't run more than 30mins without getting tired and now I'm hunting out ways to sneak in extra miles.
2. I got from dreading the alarm clock to gradually wondering if I can just put it a bit earlier to get just a bit more in
3. The feeling of rolling a golf ball under my feet becomes the best thing ever
4. I've got the perfect excuse to totally avoid public transport
5. Somehow I don't care if its raining or cold I don't care any more
6. Mr B give the best foot rubs
7. Round numbers on the Garmin are deeply satisfying
8. Each week I feel like I couldn't possibly do more and then somehow it just happens
9. I can finally get through all the podcasts I've subscribed to
10. The feeling of sitting down at the end of a really meaty long run is bliss
11. The feeling of starting of sleep and grumpy and finishing energised and wishing I could do more
12. The overwhelming urge to sleep (in a good way - I don't normally get that feeling because I have a desk job)
13. Sunrise, dusk, cold, rain, snow, hail... all of the elements
14. Hours without looking at a screen
15. Being completely aware of which muscles I've used...because they tell me!