I can’t BELIEVE I didn’t write about this!!

Sunday we ran THIS!

That’s EIGHT miles.
Eight.
Miles.
All at once.
On purpose no less!

As you see the course is H-I-L-L-Y!

But we did it.

I was absolutely exhausted after.

But we did it!
I did it! 

I had my first experience with Gu.  Next time, which will be Saturday when we run nine, I’m going to try the Chocolate or Vanilla Bean flavors.  The Orange Cream flavor I got wasn’t so much a favorite.  I think there was a disconnect for me between flavor and texture.

I was, of course, exhausted!  I was in bed and out cold by 8 am.  But the good news was that Monday morning I wasn’t really stiff or sore.  At least not as much as I expected to be.

I got a little piece of (worthwhile) advice from my husband/coach/running partner.  He said it with all sincerity, love, and gentleness, but what it all came down to was “Stop whining!!”  When things got tough I did keep going, but not without an abundance of “I can’t do this!”  “I’m never going to make it!”  “This is crazy/stupid!” whining.  His recommendation is that I become my own personal Little Engine That Could (Can).  And he’s right.  All the whining and negativity aren’t really serving me.  So that’ll be me Saturday “I think I can!  I think I can!  I think I can!” every time the course gets rough.

Tonight is a short run – 5 miles – and the fabulous weather we’re having (current temperature 72° at 4 pm) is totally conducive to running outside instead of the monotony of a treadmill.  I am so ready for Daylight Savings Time to come – or go whichever one it does in Spring – so it’s lighter longer and we can do all our running outside!

But back to that “short run” comment up there.
First: I used “short run” and “5 miles” in the same sentence.  Me.  The person who, six months ago, couldn’t have run one mile without stopping several times!
Second: Do you see the bottom loop on that picture up there?  That’s a little over 1.5 miles.  Last summer when I was doing the running training program that got me from couch potato to running almost all of a 5K in ten weeks I started doing my training runs around that path.  The first time I did it took all I had to make it around once.  On Sunday, that was the end of an eight mile run!  I can’t even type those words without getting a little choked up.

My husband/coach/running partner is taking great amusement out of my newfound derision for treadmill running.  As is a runner friend at church.

Gotta run!
No, really.
I have got to run!

2 thoughts on “I can’t BELIEVE I didn’t write about this!!

  1. Yes, it was a “short” 5 miles tonite, and I’m VERY proud of you for doing the 8 miles last Sunday. That’s more than HALF our half marathon race, and like you said towards the end… Half Marathon? No problem!
    And thank you for listening to your husband/coach. Does the whining really serve any purpose? If not then it’s time for it to GO!

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