As I contemplate this weekend's 18-19 mile run, it is sits there as an ugly challenge that I know will make me suffer but will hopefully be rewarding when I finish. 10 signs that I look for to judge that it is rewarding are:
1) I don't spend the entire run praying for it to be over and actually enjoy some moments of being outdoors and able to run
2) My body survives without cramping and breaking
3) I don't yell or give the death stare to a motorist who blows through a green light and forces me to wait 12 seconds due to stupid pedestrian laws
4) I finish slightly faster than some arbitrary time goal I set prior to the run - too slow and I have finally entered my physical decline, too fast and I am worried I peaked too soon
5) I am actually able to enjoy food after the run, the whole point of doing it
6) Some company drives by me when I am running and throws sponsorship money at me
7) I finish motivated enough to commit to some new crazy challenge like Ironman Canada, The Furnace 508 or The Death Ride.
8) I don't kill the rest of the day post run by mathematically analyzing the run for seven hours.
9) Dave and Emily don't kill me for once again blowing off another CrossFit workout
10) It brings me thatmuchcloser to qualifying for Boston