7 weeks until @wgmarathon 🎉.
Yesterday, we met up with my cousin @asiobhan_04 on the Catharine Valley Trail. Jonah and I ran 18, while Siobhan did a workout (her journey into the world of speed walking is absolutely amazing). Multiple times so far this training cycle I've questioned whether our goal of running sub-3 is possible. We've run workouts and hit times I've thought were inconceivable and then have had days like yesterday where everything is a serious struggle from beginning to end. .
The trail was pretty beat up from storms and before even hitting one mile we had to navigate over a downed tree. Around mile 3 another tree blocked our path, and this one was impossible to traverse. We ended up running those approximate 2 miles back and forth until we just couldn't anymore. The trail was rocky, muddy, and full of branches, which made maneuvering so much more challenging. It was pretty comical though; everytime we would make it back to the tree, Jonah would yell, "1, 2, 3, jump!!! Why didn't you jump?" He'd then laugh hysterically 😂.
We ended up running by the truck around mile 9 to run the other side of the trail, which isn't any easier but allowed us to not have to complete the same 2 miles back and forth, and I so desperately wanted to just call it quits. Mentally and physically I was already beat up. I couldn't find a comfortable rhythm behind the chair, which meant my entire body was engaged: my shoulders were burning. My arms felt on fire. My hips were locked because a full stride just wasn't happening. I started using every mental trick I've learned from visualizing to incentivizing. We stopped a few times and regrouped. It was the most challenging run we've probably ever experienced. I checked the brake multiple times because I was convinced it was malfunctioning. I never thought to check the tires because I assumed I'd know if one popped. Apparently, that's not the case. I'm not sure how long or when it happened, but when we finished the left tire was completely flat 🤦♀️.