18 thoughts on “Redlining and the All Important ‘E’

  1. “Dorkette”…love it! What a great post! I just experienced this in my marathon, the end I was beyond E and it was not pretty.
    In workouts I have a tendency to shy away from the pain, always worried about an injury or like you mentioned, having nothing left to give for the rest of the workout. But you make SUCH good point that it’s okay to have workouts that don’t turn out like you wanted them to!! That’s the whole point of training your body…to push it beyond the limits it currently capable of. Ahhh what a lightbulb moment for me…I need to think of this my next workout! Thanks girl! And I’ve missed you…I haven’t been reading blogs for about a month, ahhh!

    • as she lives and breathes!!! hehe…so happy to see u’re back, but TOTALLY understand, u’ve got the dream job and are crazy busy! so thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚ sorry to hear about the fuel issue with ur marathon, but everyone makes mistakes and going forward think of it as a lesson learned. πŸ™‚
      u put a smile on my face, i’m glad the post helped and now i kno u’re back i’m popping over to ur blog!

  2. great post, dorkette.
    i have to work on pacing myself in the beginning of a race to be a little faster bc in my mind, im “saving” myself for the last 6 miles of pain. im ok with it then but for the first half i go way too easy in anticipation of the pain coming. aargghh, why is running so mental?!

    • thanks for stopping by!
      hey, u did push urself to go out faster on one of ur last marathons…so u’re working on it! πŸ™‚ but i totally kno wat u mean about wanting to save urself, the only ‘trick’ i can suggest is just don’t even think about the end. split the race up into chunks, so set a goal time to hit for halfway and then at halfway pretend u’re ‘just’ stepping out for a 13 miler…no big thang. lol. anyways, regardless, with the amount of mileage u put in u deserve rockstar status; no one i kno races as many marathons as u do!

  3. The crazy thing about this mental game– sometimes even a two mile quick run can be a challenge. Sometimes it is your eighteen mile long run. Sometimes it is the first step. And for me…it ALWAYS is the treadmill! πŸ™‚ Great great GREAT post!! πŸ™‚

  4. Ok, I’m loving the analogy here. I definitely need practice with getting the right amount of fuel – as was evident in the marathon, when I was desperately in need of fuel.
    And PS now you were on SR you are basically a famous blogger. BAHAHA I read you first. I feel like those super cool hipsters who stop liking bands once they go “mainstream” —except I’ll never stop liking you!

    • awww, bgosh, u’re so funny! sadly even in my own mind i kno i’m not a ‘cool’ band, but trust me, there is always room at the dorkette table for my main gal vanessa!! u were my first follower after all! πŸ˜‰

  5. As usual, I love this post πŸ™‚ I need to stop testing the E on fuel and injuries! I have no problem testing myself with pain. Actually, the problem might be that I tend to try harder than I need to on some workouts, which can be really detrimental! I think another E is the mental aspect of running. Some days you don’t feel mentally ready for a run, but you have to push through!

  6. Oh man I loooove playing chicken with E!! I think it’s actually one of my biggest weaknesses as a runner – I don’t like easy recovery runs. Before I got injured, every single time I went out I would try to beat my time from the previous time I’d run the route. And the injury…yeah I did not stop when it first started bothering me…I waited till I had to limp home in the middle of a run. LESSONS LEARNED!

    totally doesn’t mean I’m going to be scared of E once I get back out there though haha…

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