8 Miles! A distance best!!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I ran 8 miles on Sunday with my HM training group. That’s the longest run of my life. Not only did I go 8 miles but part of the run included a pretty big bridge (we don’t have hills here!) that we went up and down twice. The best part? I felt great when we were done.
I started out on Sunday morning hesitant about the day. Dinner from the night before wasn’t agreeing with me (note to self, no spinach the day before a run) and we pushed back our starting time to 6:45AM to try and beat the heat. Because we were meeting 30 minutes from my house, that meant I Brett and I had to be up by 5:15. Ugh.
Despite my misgivings we arrived at our meet up spot and I was pleasantly surprised by the weather. It was actually a bit chilly for my shorts and sleeveless shirt! Perfect running weather in my opinion. I was a little concerned that my fellow “slow” partner wasn’t there but some of the quicker people had a rough night and by the end of the run I was actually in the middle of the pack!!
The run was in a part of town that I had never been to before and I spent much of the run distracted by the old houses and gorgeous gardens we passed. Another chunk of the run was along the inter-coastal waterway so I was also distracted by the HUGE yachts docked nearby. We all talked about what we would do if we had that sort of money!
I was really apprehensive about the bridge but it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought. I just took tiny steps and before I knew it I was running downhill again! I was also a little concerned about my husband, as he was pushing Max in the stroller. We were basically running on the side of a busy street so I was a tad concerned about the cars hitting him or Brett losing control of the stroller on the way down. Luckily, because it was so early, the traffic was limited.
After the hill, I stopped looking forward to the walk breaks and just kept on keeping on. I wasn’t hurting or winded or uncomfortable. I was just running and having a good time. When we got back to our cars we had gone just over 6.5 miles. Our leader Tammie said “We’re going for 8” and ran right past our cars into the historic cemetery where we met up (and ran 2 weeks ago). In the past I might have been a little annoyed or frustrated but this time I was excited to hit a new goal!!
I was a little stiff at that point so I grabbed my water bottle and started taking sips every other walk break. That helped revitalize me and push through until the end without having to throw in an extra minute or two of walking. It’s nice that I am able to store stuff in the stroller but I think it’s time to start considering a fuel belt since I usually don’t run with the stroller. I also felt like I could have benefitted from some extra energy towards the end. I am going to pick up some sport beans and maybe some gu to start experimenting with what can help me push through my distances as they are getting longer and longer. Any advice or product you like?
When we were done I was tired but not 100% spent. I had at least another mile in me but I wasn’t about to push it and risk injury. I was super proud of myself and the whole group was beaming from our accomplishment. Most of them had done that sort of distance before but it was still pretty cool!
I am finally starting to feel like this half marathon is going to be very attainable! Bring it on!!