Saturday, January 9, 2016

Two Hours

I haven't done a long run since BDR. There's nothing psychological about this...I just wasn't feeling motivated and I was really enjoying sleeping in and taking advantage of not having to run long (i.e., train). Plus, it was still really hot here in December and early January, and I wasn't really feeling a long run in 80 degrees.

This weekend, I knew I was at a crossroads. If I didn't run long, my possible full in February would become pretty impossible. Skipping a chance to do a long run would mean 1) I don't actually care enough to train, 2) I won't be in marathon shape when A1A rolls around. (And I needed to remind myself that even if I "only" do the half, I still need to train for it.)

Friday, Elizabeth surprised me. For someone who still claims she doesn't like running, she's certainly doing a whole lot of it! Her current goal is to run 10 miles, and Saturday morning was my chance to help her make some progress.
I was seriously shocked when she said she wanted to run farther than 6.5!
(As a side note, I'd like to get her to a 5k race so she can experience the atmosphere - I think she'd be in for a half marathon if she could just see what a race is like! I'm still working on her.)

I was a little nervous about this run, but I knew skipping it wouldn't make the nerves go away; it would only make me more nervous when it was time to run long next weekend.
Kristin texted to make sure I was up, and as usual set my mind at ease when I was faced with pointless anxiety.
My plan was to run for two hours; I was hoping to hit 10 miles. I ended up surprising myself because we literally got back to the car at exactly two hours and exactly 10.5 miles.

I ran my first 3.25 miles alone, then met up with Elizabeth. We ran about 7.25 together, then I drove her back to her car. It was fun to hear her reflect on how different a long, easy run feels compared to a faster, harder run. I was really proud of how well she did, and I felt so amazing running long again! Double digits! And it felt great!
I'm not sure what happened at miles 4-6, but I think we slowed down so Elizabeth could warm up (those were her first three miles).
(Regarding my decision for A1A, the race organizers told me I can wait to upgrade at the expo the day before the race, and it will cost $15. So I won't be making a decision about whether or not I'm running the full until the very last minute.)
Dripping with accomplishment!
After my run, I showered and ate a quick breakfast and then hopped in the car. I was Disney-bound! Kristin's first marathon is Sunday and I'm going to finally repay her for being such an amazing running buddy and cheerleader! I am seriously ecstatic to be spectating for her, and I can't wait to see her conquer her first marathon. We all know it's a huge accomplishment and truly life-changing, and I can't wait for her to join the .5% of Americans who have run a marathon.

Finally, I got to meet up with some of my Sub30 buddies, which is always a perk of any destination race. So all in all, I'd call this a good Saturday!
Kim and I finally got to meet in person, which is nice seeing as we've been texting each other for about a year now!
The Disney Sub30 runners & their Sherpas.
Wish Kristin luck as she takes on the Disney marathon Sunday!



  1. Can't wait 'til the next installment!

  2. Congratulations on getting that first long run out of the way! I don't blame you for not really feeling like it yet. It hasn't even been a month! But now you know the full at A1A is still within your reach if you chose it.

    Good luck today, Kristin!!!

  3. Way to go on running the long run!! I haven't run a long run, i.e. further than 6.2 since my last half in October. I have 16 weeks till my next half though, so I'm sure I will be ok. I just need to get out there..

  4. Way to go! I don't blame you for not wanting to run long. I hate long runs and when I'm not training for something, it takes a small miracle for me to run anything over 9.9. I hope Kristin's first full went well today!

  5. Hey dude! I'm so glad to hear that you're running A1A! I am too! I'll be doing the half but I really hope I get to see you this time. I've been having a lot of trouble with motivation lately, but hopefully I can get a double digit long run next week.