2. Pick out landmarks up ahead and focus on pulling yourself there (this repetitive goal setting and accomplishing keeps the mood positive and is easier to grasp than thinking about the finish line and how far away it is).
|Unclipping the race vest to access the back pocket while on the run. Portable aid station!|
Seems like all my local (and some far away) athlete buddies are suffering some sort of malady, knees (boulder and south carolina), sickness (boulder and golden), tendons (colorado springs). I'm just getting completely over 16 days of illness (likely obtained from the germ-y work environment of hacking humans). It's difficult to have reasonable perspective on how to handle these things. Being long distance runners, we're used to pain and actually accept and sometimes welcome it. Setbacks of injury and sickness are at the very least difficult to endure and can have even deeper mood effects. Like everything, they serve a purpose and, once outlived, they give us a fresh perspective and appreciation of what we have and can do.
Got out in the beautiful weather yesterday for 16 miles at (my) quick 50k pace. Started at 3pm and was sweating like a billy goat on blacktop. The temp change was drastic once the sun dips and the peaks's shadows march east. I was rightly cold by 5pm.
I can feel the pull of races now and love the anticipation. I'm excited to see how friends will do in their events and excited to be around other trail runners soon. Solo training is nice but I'm looking forward to running with the herd again.