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!|
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.|
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).|
|Dripping with accomplishment!|
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.|
Can't wait 'til the next installment!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Good luck today, Kristin!!!
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..ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete