14 Miles & Applause!!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I did my second 14 mile run today. I was a little apprehensive because my foot was a little achy. I've been icing and stretching, but I was still worried. The other run was, off and on, quite painful, and I didn't want to do it again. Of course after thinking of the many "reasons" I should skip the run, I was ready to go. I like that. Even when I try to get out of it, my body wants to go.
The run went really well. It's weird, but I've had a much easier time increasing to 14 miles than I did with any other distance. Part of it is the new route. I went in a different direction, and the hills are a lot less severe. My pace has been great with small, rolling hills instead of 3 miles of huge, steep hills! It's a beautiful run, too. It flooded a few days ago and then froze, and it has made the fields gorgeous pieces of art.
My foot was fine. A twinge here and there, but the extra stretching and icing really worked. My pace was about the same as last time, which made me happy. I felt good for the first 12 miles. I began noticing some aches, and with one mile left began to struggle a little. I was approaching the steepest hill in the run, nothing huge, but after going so far, I wasn't thrilled about it. There was another runner coming down the hill. As she got closer, I realized it was a local woman who I greatly admire. She runs everywhere. I remember seeing her back when I was fat and thinking she was crazy and feeling incredibly jealous. She's also one of the nicest, most positive people you will ever meet.
We stopped and chatted for a few minutes, and I got a nice rest. She's super nice and supportive, and I felt great when we parted and headed in opposite directions. The hill was a breeze, and I finished the last mile easily.
There was one other thing that happened during my run that I have to mention. I always make sure to look at the people who drive past me. I know when they see me and when they don't. I also am a people watcher. I love seeing the very different people that inhabit this planet. It's amazing what kinds of things you see people doing while they're driving. Normally, people don't pay much attention to me, or they smile. Some wave. Today someone applauded me.
I loved it. I had a huge smile on my face for the next mile and an extra spring in my step. The sun was shining. It was cold, and someone was applauding my efforts. I felt like a superstar.
So, yeah, this was a great run. I feel ready for 16 next weekend. I got my thoughts sorted out about my grandma and feel pretty at peace right now. I'm looking forward to a nice, relaxing rest day* tomorrow.
*Not a rest day for my awesome husband, though! He is going for a run! He went last weekend, too. This is as close to training as he gets, and I am super proud of him!!