The life of a long distance runner

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17/07/2010 at 18:13

I feel fantastic. This is where I'm supposed to be.
Did 8 mile at tempo pace today. Easy as anything. I don't even feel like I've been anywhere.

Now my mid week runs are generally 7-10 miles and long ones between 15-20.

This really is my kind of running. I dont like training for halves or 10k's. Makes me feel like I'm not doing enough, or I'm not fast enough or that I'm struggling too much.

Marathon training is me. I can just see myself taking the step further now for ultras, time permitting. I don't like running a little bit and very fast. I like taking whole day -  just taking my time, stopping to enjoy the scenery, say hello to horses, sheep, cows.... and continue running.

I could be on my feet all day long.

I want more. I want more miles and more time please.

Some people keep asking me, what is it about distance running, isn't it boring. No it's not. It's the best thing in the world and I cannot even begin to explain it to someone who's never done a 20 mile run. The struggle, the severity of exhaustion, and the primal feeling of being of human, running because we were meant to run.

How can you explain something so simple.  Can I say anything other than... just try it and see.

How is everyone?

17/07/2010 at 18:18

That is a brilliant post...   good for you TurboElli..  

17/07/2010 at 18:19
Thank you!
17/07/2010 at 18:43
Totally agree. Nothing more satisfying then the feeling you get at the end of a long run.
17/07/2010 at 18:51

8miles at tempo pace? Sounds an excellent run then, especially if you did it easily, as I thought tempo pace was only slightly sslower than 10k pace!

I find doing a few miles at tempo outside a race pretty tough!

17/07/2010 at 21:02

That is exactly the sort of post I need to show to people when they ask me 'why do you run?'

Also, anyone who is suffering from motivational problems should take a read, and then realise why they run.

I had a similar run this morning - struggled to do 12.5 last weekend, but my 14 this weekend flew by, and I felt great at the end of it. Running on days like this is possibly the best thing in the world.

Fantastic stuff TurboElli.

17/07/2010 at 21:29

Good post.

 Enjoyed reading it.

17/07/2010 at 21:29

Running is the best thing in the world.


17/07/2010 at 22:48

When I was a child, I watched athletics on TV. Marathons seemed like a massive effort. I said to myself then, My God I Wish I Could Do That.

I've done it. And I'm doing it again. And again. And again.

When I was a child, lots of things amazed me. I was 8 and we moved to the countryside. I made 4 friends in a day. They were all cows on the field. I remember running home being so happy and told my mum about my friends and then I told her, they are actually cows and I gave them all names... she laughed at me and hugged me.

So many feelings in this life.
Security. Happiness. Death. Sadness. Safeness. Unsecurity. Love. Heart is about to explode from the beauty in this world. Too many tears. Gasping for air. Bare feet against the ground. My favourite horse recognising me. Taste of grass. Hate. Rush. Stress. Cold. Hot.

Do you know what? You are perfectly you. As perfect as you can be. You can be anything. Life wouldnt be life. If it wasnt for all of the feelings it can provide.
We now live in a society where time is less and less. Take every moment of it and make it your own.

Who's here to judge you but yourself?

You can do anything you want. Stop being insecure right this moment.

You can do it. Because you will! Because the only thing to stop you is you.

Simple. Legs. Gravity. Movement. Life.

17/07/2010 at 22:58

17/07/2010 at 23:05

Good for you

17/07/2010 at 23:06

shit! My upper lip as got a twitch! I hate it on the eyelid but lip is worse, let alone the bottom of your buttcheek!

Not so deep now LOL

17/07/2010 at 23:11

Ah, but I get such a kick out of running as fast as I can, even if it is just for a short distance. Can't explain that either.

You sound on top of the world TurboElli.

18/07/2010 at 07:10
Thankyou Elli, your posts have really gee'd me up this morning. I feel ready for anything.

Bring it on!!!

18/07/2010 at 07:12
Oh, I get that twitch in my eyelid aswell, I love it!!!
18/07/2010 at 08:06
Great post Turbo - I know exactly what you mean.

The best race I ever did was a X country marathon. 6 of us did it together. We didn't race it. we just plodded along and enjoyed the scenery. stopped for food and drinks along the way and finished in around 5.5 hours. A great day out! This is my sort of running and I also find myself being tempted to do a 40, a 50, or longer......
18/07/2010 at 11:52
Couldn't agree more and so well put! Being out in the fresh air, somewhere you actually want to be and putting some real effort in!! Not that I am doing at the mo as I have been ill for over a month, unable to do any form of exercise and still don't feel well. Fed up and really bored...
26/07/2010 at 10:56
Hah, I'm glad I'm not the only one who twitches a little after 18+ miles! I've tried explaining to people the feeling that comes from breaking the 20-mile barrier on training, the zen-like calm that's only possible when the only thing on your mind is putting one foot in front of the other, where your world narrows to such a point that there's no room for any other thought except keep going; I don't think it's possible to understand without doing it yourself! I come back from each run just amazed at what the human body and mind can do when applied properly, and I hope to still be awestruck in 50 years time
26/07/2010 at 12:54

I'm so envious!!!  I'm just (slowly!) coming back from injury and I can't wait till I'm feeling the strength that you have now!!

26/07/2010 at 13:11
Very inspiring post TurboElli, whatever you had on that day I want some of it!
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