Lakefront path, how I love thee

Do you know how many bikes I had to dodge for this run-selfie?

Do you know how many bikes I had to dodge for this run-selfie?

I hope you appreciate the realness of my running outfit here - the top is fire but the shorts are circa early 2000's, some old Nikes I call the "baggies" and I think you can see why.

New Hoka's!  Straight outta the box.

5 miles, nice n' easy as per the Hanson boys.

First Saturday in a long time I haven't done a long run, and I won't lie that I felt a little lame.  The first month of training is going to keep me at 21 miles per week, with just easy runs.  (Easy defined as 1.5 to 2.5 minutes per mile slower than goal marathon pace.)  That means 11:15 at the fast end for me.  "Fast."  Yes, it does feel weird to be running this 5 miler slower than my usual 10 miler.  But I know, I know, I know how hard it's going to get down the road this summer.  So I'm going to stick to the prescribed paces.  Easy days easy.  Hard days hard.  No real middle ground, at least in this training block.  

Yesterday in the car I listened to this ep of Marathon Talk.  I love Martin and Tom's accents, and how they rib each other.  They had a good wrap up of the British Athletics trials for Worlds, reading out some recent news editorials about the sad state of track for fans - how to invigorate it for the next generation.   Speculated that Mo may be running his last track race at Worlds in August (of particular note to me!  more on that later!).  But what I wanted to mention here was their interview with Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson about their new book Brave Athlete which has a fantastic subtitle: "Calm the Fuck Down and Rise to the Occasion."  It's about the mental side of endurance events, and on the podcast they gave lots of practical ideas about how to change your mental game when the shit hits the fan.  Counting is one.  Counting to four over and over, can actually move your brain to a different space from the pain cave.  Tapping (your thumbs against your hands) is another.  I can't remember all of them but it was sufficiently useful enough that I plan to download the book to listen to while I run.  (There was also a moving discussion about how to cope with the mental side of being injured - how long to let yourself "moan" [Brits are always moaning] and then how and when to simply change your attitude.)  Check it out.

As for today's run, still audio-powered by Camino Island.  Totally enjoyable.