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7 Miles...

Monday, March 04, 2013

Yesterday was another first for me. I completed my first 7-mile long run. I did pretty darn good up to the 6th mile, then I kind of lost it during that one. That one felt as if I was pulling at something in me that did not want to come out, no matter how badly I wanted it out. That was the one mile I had to periodically stop, close my eyes and dream up any kind of imagined strength I could to continue on. That was the mile where those magical words show up that say "how the heck am I supposed to do 13.1??" That was the mile that gave my body and spirit its lesson for the week. The lesson that teaches you that to succeed, you need to push forward and fight the struggle that is out there. That your dreams are worth the time it takes to find your way to them. That your thighs will probably hurt a bit during and for a few days after because you rocked your run :)

Me at the start of this beautiful run.

Me after that 6th mile.

Me completing 7 miles.

And so the training will continue, even though a few times I began to wonder why I'm even doing this. Life is found on that pavement out there for me, and I love it. That's why I do this I think...because I love it.

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L1ZB3TH354 3/15/2013 11:37PM

    You are rocking it girl! I just did my first outside run/walk of the year. I did 1.63 miles today. I think I could have run farther if I didn't have to keep adjusting my dogs harness. My goal right now is to do a 5k, and maybe one day a half marathon. You are inspiring! Keep,up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWTON1068 3/8/2013 6:19AM

    I cant get over how thin you look in ,your pictures.You look great !!! next pic ..take off the shades,i would love to see the look of determination that im sure resignates through your eyes!!! keep up the hard work, your reward is already begining to unfold. love from Ohio,Karen

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WINDSURFNERD 3/5/2013 10:42AM

    Congratulations on your 7 mile run! There are so many challenges to running, but conquering greater and greater distances always feels like a special triumph to me...that's what I love about HM training, I got to exceed my own expectations over and over. Woo hoo! You're on your way to rocking your HM, enjoy the journey and the rest of your training!

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MIRAGE727 3/5/2013 7:44AM

    I'm truly excited for you! You are definitely on your way. You've done a virtual, right? I remember when I started training for my first Half! My goal was to finish. Embrace the fact that you will experience the best emotions coming down that last stretch to the finish line! You will never forget your first! Embrace the challenge. Know that when you hit your long run of 9 miles and up, you will own your Half! Personally, I swear by Jeff Galloway's Interval Training and know Marathoners who use it as their run plan! You're training well! Stay strong, focused, and rock this thing!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 3/5/2013 7:38AM

    Way to press through & complete your goal mileage.
As much as running is a physical test, I always feel it is much more of a mental challenge. You'll get there, pretty soon you'll be saying, 'Oh it was a short run, just 7 miles' :)

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FITFOODIE806 3/4/2013 11:03PM

    Congrats! Each new distance is so exciting. And so tough. That's when I just start to chant to myself, yes you can... Or step step step... Sow times that's all it takes. Nice work on the mental win.

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