“Run with your heart instead of your mind.
When you think with your mind, you think of the things you can and can’t do.
But when you run with your heart you forget about what you can’t do, and you just go out and do it.”
Double digits that is! Woohoo! Today I ran 10.3 miles as part of my training for the Colchester Half next weekend. It was the first time I covered that amount of mileage since the Marathon in October. I have run periodically since then, but never more than 8 miles, so this was a big deal for me.
Up until now I was pretty nervous about how my IT bands would behave during the half, and whether I would be able to finish at all. After a lot of talking myself in and out of going, I ultimately decided to run to my mother’s house. I picked it based on the fact that it’s a tough, hilly ten miles (almost every street on the route has “Hill” or “Mountain” in the name if that helps you get an idea). I figured if I could get through it, then I’d probably be okay this weekend. Plus, it’s straight shot instead of a loop, so I knew I would have to keep going. Quitting early wouldn’t be an option, unless I called for a ride. I was extremely grateful that Adam offered to pick me up if my knees acted up, even if he and I both knew I wouldn’t. In reality, I think he could tell I how nervous I felt and was, thoughtfully I might add, trying to reduce some of my anxiety. He also gave me a big hug before I left, which I appreciated IMMENSELY.
The first mile of the run only served to strengthen my fears. I had to walk a few times to get up the hills because my quads were burning. I instantly started kicking myself for picking such a challenging run when I was already doubting my ability. However, once my legs were warm, I ate those hills like they were breakfast! I tried to visualize myself as a little Pac Man munching up all those little tenths of a mile.
Overall, I was surprised at how strong I felt, especially after my painful Vermont run. I did some SERIOUS training last week and really beat up my body, but it didn’t seem to affect my run at all. Not to say I wasn’t miserable at times, but it was SO MUCH BETTER than my previous ten miler on the same route. It only took 1:48- less time than my previous attempt with more distance (since I couldn’t see Runkeeper in the sun, I ended up running extra because I was so afraid of coming up short on miles). 🙂
I was BEYOND GRATEFUL that all the Insanity and boot camp have been paying off. I felt so much stronger than I expected. I was able to keep
my form for almost the entire run. It was such a great feeling to run easily so long into the run- especially when I was able to let go of all that anxiety! I was so glad I dragged myself to do it!
The best part was the look on my grandmother’s face as she drove down my mom’s street and watched me run toward the driveway. She asked where I came from, and her jaw dropped when I told her “from home”.
In the end, I outlasted my hydration pack which sprang a leak at some point during the run. It actually turned out helpful as the cold water and weather effectively iced my lower back. 🙂 However, by the time I finished I was soaked (and stoked!).
It was a small victory, but a victory none-the-less.
I hope everyone else is having a terrific day and going after some goals and dreams!