Today I attempted my first long run since the marathon. My body is slowly recovering, and I started thinking about how much I wanted to do a longer run. I missed having that time to think and relax. A good long run is like moving meditation, and I haven’t felt that since my 16-mile training run. The distances above 16 were too draining, physically and mentally, to be enjoyable.
My 16-mile run was a great one, and when I started craving a good distance run, it was the first one I thought of. I asked Andy to pick me up in town, so it would be 11-12 miles instead. I won’t be trying a 16 for quite a while. I thought it would be hard, but I wanted to try. I figured that if I didn’t finish it, I would at least have a benchmark to start rebuilding my endurance. I want to build back up to 12 miles and then focus on getting faster. I have plenty of time. The Leaf Peeper Half Marathon isn’t until October!
I was excited to run this morning. My kids have been decorating the house with stickers lately, and one found its way into my running shoe
It’s staying there.
The weather was beautiful (though a little hot), and I was ready to get outside and go. I started up my favorite hill. It was tough, but when I got to the top I felt great. That feeling lasted up the next two miles of hills and to the five-mile mark. I was starting to feel a little tired, and thought about turning back. It would still be a 10-mile run, but I would finish at my house. My original plan would take me into town where I would meet Andy and the kids at The Flying Disc*.
I had promised myself a frozen strawberry lemonade, and I was determined to get it. So, I kept going on my original route. The scenery was fantastic. The sky was bright blue, and everything was green. I was trying to focus on the natural beauty around me, but I was getting more and more tired. My legs felt heavy, and it was harder to lift my feet. My knee was beginning to ache, and I decided to stop.
Listening to my body is definitely important right now. I like running just for the enjoyment of it, and stopping when my body needs to stop. I called Andy and walked another 2 miles while waiting for him to pick me up. I ran about 7 miles, and I am totally happy with that.
I still got my strawberry lemonade!
*The Flying Disc is an awesome coffee shop that sells used videogames and handmade jewelry. They rock.