"Wanna run early Saturday morning?"
I was excited, but also nervous as I haven't done anything longer than a 5 mile run post injury. I was trying to gear myself up to go 6 on Saturday. I asked her how long she wanted to go.
"I'm thinking 10"
I confessed that I had not gone that long since June (June 12 to be exact) but that I would try. My last run with B was a 22 miler pre-Boston that we CRUSHED in 2:45. I was excited to see her.
I crept around my dark house at 5:30 AM and drove to her house to meet her at 6 AM, quietly texting "I'm here" so as not to wake her family.
And just like that we fell into stride and started chatting/laughing it up. It felt great to go on a real "long" run. We were not concerned about pace, just a relaxed, nice run.
We covered 10 miles in 1:17:41. I should not have looked back at my last 10 mile run, but I did. I ran 10 miles on June 12 in 1:10:56. You wanna know how much fitness I lost due to my foot injury? There you have it. 6:45 difference.
Still, the 10 miler with B gave me confidence that I could in fact start to run longer distances. I have been so nervous to even venture beyond 5 miles.
And with that, Half-Marathon training kicks off today! I am following Kara Goucher's 10 week training plan she made for Oiselle Volee to start off. I set my alarm to get out on the road this morning before work, but then I woke up at 1 with my daughter and struggled to fall back asleep. I am dragging today!