Hi ladies! So I guess I'll be the first non-Julia to post here. :)
My question is how do you know when to stop? Let me explain. I ran 10 miles this morning with Deirdre. After only 2 miles, I was completely exhausted. And not just your normal first-two-miles warmup. I felt like I was running up a steep hill. My lungs were burning and every muscle in my legs were in pain. I couldn't figure out what exactly was wrong. Of course, I figured I'd done this a million times and I knew I could push through it. But the 5-mile turn around I was running 11-minute miles and thought I was going to collapse. I sent Deirdre back on her own and started back very slowly. I actually had to walk about 4 times on the way back.
I would venture to say that as runners we all know our bodies quite well. That said, I have to admit that I knew after the first two miles that I should not run the full 10. But I also knew that I could do it, regardless of whether I "should." I wanted to use this 10-miler as a training run for my upcoming half, but instead it put me out for the rest of the day. I haven't been this exhausted in a long time.
Tell me -- Do you listen to your body when it's telling you to stop? Do you always push through even when deep down you know you shouldn't? How do you reconcile the need to listen to your body and the need to push through your weak moments? How do you decide which is which?