I've been meeting a friend every Sunday for a long run. I love that run because we like the pace we set and we talk about running the entire way. Yesterday we talked a great deal about the Long Run and how it's the best run for runners. The coach (My running buddy) talked about how bonking is not a bad thing. That hitting the wall and stopping is cheating yourself of great adaptation gains. That pushing through is essential because it will happen in a race.
About two thirds into the run I was pushing through. Alone I probably would have slowed or stopped. I'm glad I had my running partner there to help me push through.
Our Sunday runs always start with a group. In the group there are 5-6 runners in my age group. It's funny to listen and watch.
Things 50+ runners say or do
- Everything Aches
- I feel better when running than I do any other part of my day.
- I have the tightest "Insert muscle group" on earth.
- Every car has a "The Stick", a roller of some kind, and lacrosse balls. All to work out the aches before or after the run.
- My favorite line is this "I go to bed feeling great and I wake up injured, that's life after 50"
The Long Run - Get it done!
It's a good life.....