8/20/2016 – 14 miles long run easy pace.
What a struggle today’s long run was.
For some reason, the easy pace run was difficult. The weather was hot & humid but no more than before. The distance of 14 miles I have run before. During the long run my mind kept wanting to slip into an “autopilot” mode. Kinda liked to escape or space out. I had to constantly bringing my mind back to my strides.
Would it be easier if I just let my mind go? The answer is most definitely. But the mental escape, albeit fun, could result in poor postures due to fatigues and cause injuries. A common problem in later stage of a marathon or any race. That is a chance I rather not risk.
The two and half hours of long run was a physical as well as mental workout. This is what is unique about distance running – the mental toughness required to sustain the physical run. And I got my mental training today. By the time when I finished, I was exhausted and ready for my nap.