Long Run Happys

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!

Photo Jan 10, 4 21 47 PM

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.

Photo Jan 10, 5 29 14 PM

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

Photo Jan 10, 6 41 18 PM

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.

as if i had wings

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!

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