Long distance running isn't just about being in good physical shape. You have to be in good mental shape too. I had been having a rough couple of weeks of running, when I finally realized I didn't have my head in the game. I was too focused on details of the "right now" – my ankles hurt, I was tired, I could be using this time to knit or sew or just sit on the couch. But then I changed my attitude. Before my long run on Sunday, I decided I needed to focus on the goal. I needed to think about that awesome feeling of crossing the finish line. It was a 12 mile run. It was raining. I hadn't slept well. But I got out there and despite the rain and the tiredness, I felt great. I finished those 12 miles in 1:50. (9 minute miles, a little faster than my usual pace.) Amazing how a change in attitude can make all the difference in the world.
I ran twice around this 6 mile loop in the beautiful Arboretum. It also helps that Madison has such a great places to run!