Gettin' Ready to Get Muddy
Yesterday, I managed 11 whole miles on the dreadmill. Thankfully, I had a friend next to me for the majority of it. She was completing her first 7 mile run. Congrats Emily! I think my first 7-miler was sort of an epiphany moment... it's the first run longer than a 10k (6.2miles). I think it kind of crosses the line into "endurance" runner. Love it. And on another note, man could I tell the difference in my fresh new shoes. I went ahead and wore the Asics for this 11 miles because I know them, and I know my feet like them, and I knew I was going far. I'll be trying the Brooks out on a shorter run first. (Paige and I took a little photo of ourselves post-run, outside of the gym.)
Just so there are no delusions about endurance running... every single run 7+ for me is a small victory. Despite having run 4 half-marathons, I don't think the long runs ever get easy for me. It's more about the confidence going up to the point where I know I am capable of finishing. But every step is still hard. Completing it is still a challenge. (I think the lady in this photo understands what I mean.) There are good days where I get through it easier and bad days where I fight the mental battle the whole way. The first 4 miles yesterday were a mental battle. So thankful I had Emily next to me. My desire for her to complete that 7-miler kept me moving... and the last couple miles were easy. I had actually only planned 10, but when I noticed I still had time left in my 2 hour time limit for the Kid's Club, I went ahead and pushed another.
Today is the Jailbreak. 3.8 miles of super muddy obstacles. Should be fun. I'm going with a friend, and we plan to take it easy. I want to laugh, I do NOT want to get injured. I am not worried about time today. I'm getting antsy, though... it's so much easier to just get up early and GO. My wave doesn't start until 4pm.