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.