Monday, August 29, 2016

I ran 10 miles!

Last week, I got a Facebook message from B, my Boston training partner in crime. 

"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!  

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I don't want to think about the differences in my paces. I'm about 1:00+ slower per mile even at my fastest! But regardless, we keep moving forward, putting in the work, and loving seeing those double digits again, right?