Todays run called for 5 miles. This would be the first time I've done 5 (or more) since May 20th. My brain sometimes overrides my actually endurance and tells me that I am not capable of running that far anymore. I try to ignore it, but often I shoot out too fast and can't keep the pace. I knew that since I've been working out, hiking, and snowshoeing, that if I kept a conservative pace I'd make it just fine.
I set the treadmill to 5.0 (12 minute pace) and went running. I covered my screen with a magazine and the racebib from Shut up & Run's virtual run for Sherry. Having the bib visible helped keep me focused on what I am able to do, not something that I have to do.
Once I hit 4.25 I started to push myself a little bit harder, increasing by .1 until I reached 6.0. I still had energy left in the tank, I felt strong. I finished feeling great and optimistic towards the remaining 17 weeks of Lake Placid Marathon Training. While today was not especially fast, I feel confident that I'll have most of my speed back before June.
Post run I caught the bus home and put on a compression sock. My right ankle is the one still slightly jacked from the mud run so I am taking extra precautions to keep it happy as I train.
Also, I couldn't find the left sock.
It feels great to be back and focused on a goal. It's especially nice when I prove my head wrong.