Sunday, August 23, 2009
So you saw a gap in the blogging and thought...is she hurt? Did she give up? Is she on vacation? No...none of those. I just overcommitted myself in the evening this past week. I was nervous about the weather. We've had a lot of hot weather and t-storms. I looked over the report last night, and it didn't look promising. But I set the alarm for 4am (yawn) and figured that I would at least check outside. All looked fine and my things were together...so off I went.
Very foggy. Very dark. I had moments where I looked around and thought I must be insane. I don't carry any little light and there were times where cars passed and, as my eyes adjusted, it seemed like there was nothing at all around me. I saw some horses, cows, a bunny, and lots of dead frogs (ew). I got to the turnaround point (10 miles) and thought 'oh my G-d...i have to go all that way BACK'. LOL.
Overall, it wasn't too bad during sundown. In the mid 60s. I am sure it was approaching low 80s by the time I finished up b/c I was feeling it! When the lady on the Nike+ told me that I had 1 mile left I said 'Thank you, Jesus'. I really did not feel any odd pains. You will feel a lot of things when you go certain distances, and you just have to accept that and not fear it. Your body will become stronger.
So here's the skinny:
4640 calories burned
I look forward to two Sundays of shorter distances. I am figuring on bumping up 2 miles more on the next distance and then another 2 miles. This will mean that the last two miles of the marathon will be 'new' to me, and I think I can handle that. I went 3 miles further today than the last long ditsance and I'm here to talk about it :)