Yesterday I had a fantastic long run!
I ran 7.5 miles with no walking, which is something I haven’t done since last February/March while training for my first half marathon. After my first 13.1 last spring, I moved to KC, and my running felt really hard, and I kind of fell off the wagon a bit through the summer. I made it through my second half marathon, and knew I wanted to FINALLY tackle RUNNING a half marathon without walking.
My last successful long run was over a month ago, before I went home for Grandpa’s funeral and Christmas. I ran 6.5 miles on December 7. Yesterday, I wanted to tackle 7 miles, and I ended up r inning 7.5 miles with no walking! I was very proud of myself!
I turned my watch upside down, and didn’t look it at until after 3 miles. I didn’t want to look at my pace and have it effect me mentally. I looked it just a few times after 3 miles, to know when to turn around (I was doing an out and back). Then I flipped it back to the front and used it a few times to make sure I wasn’t slowing down after mile 6. I wanted to make sure, at the end, that I didn’t slow down too much. I ended up keeping my pace within 20 seconds for each mile, and I was ultimately really happy with that!
After I ran, I stretched and too a really hot shower. The heat felt really good. I slipped on my calf sleeves after my shower, and laid with my legs up the wall for about 20 minutes before we went to dinner.
James and I went to Joe’s KC BBQ for dinner, and it was beyond delicious. I wish we didn’t have to wait in line so long, my hips felt really tight in line for 30 minutes, but I was able to stretch them out a bit while waiting. Don’t judge, there wasn’t anything else to do while just standing there.
Runger = Demolished
Earlier in the day yesterday, I went to to yoga, which was relaxing and I got a great stretch in. Then Kristen texted me the quote below. I made it into a little photo, and meditated on it here and there during my run.
I know the support of my family and friends, along with the encouragement I get from running with the KCRC Groupies has helped my running progress tremendously. I just hope it continues to improve each week. I know I am capable, I just have to continue to believe in myself.
I’m about to head out on an easy 4-5 mile run; it’ll be great to loosen up my legs after yesterday’s effort. Next week, I’ll aim for 8 miles at least, maybe up to 8.5. Slowly but surely, I’ll make it to the half marathon distance and beyond! The Rock the Parkway Half Marathon is exactly 3 months away!