“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”
I’m BACK!!!! It’s official! Just shy of 13 miles today and only minimal IT band pain. Wohoo! lol I’m so happy to FINALLY have gotten some mileage in. Initially, Adam and I headed to Hopbrook (my favorite place to run), but it is completely under water. We decided to do the Bridle Trail instead, which was slightly less damp. The trail had turned into a fresh water stream in many places, which was actually pretty fun to run in. Meanwhile, the small brook that typically runs along the gravel path had turned into class 5 rapids (See picture below). We actually thought we heard traffic coming when we were crossing, but it turned out to be the water. It was pretty impressive.
The first 6-7 miles were pretty easy, but my legs got pretty tired on the way back. I was getting tangled in a lot of the debris from the storm, and Adam was light-years ahead of me. He kept stopping or walking to give me time to catch up, and I felt kind of bad that I was running so slow. I know there is a faster runner inside and I am determined to release her at some point! I kept reminding myself that no matter how slow I was running, I was moving forward and still smiling- the 2 most important things. Overall, the run went pretty well. I was glad to have Adam there to show me a few new side trails and keep me from over-doing it. Plus, he makes good company; and the view running behind him is not too bad either. lol He even took pictures for me to adorn my blog. He is so supportive!
Initially, when I was reading about many of the other bloggers who had run their first marathon, I noticed that a lot of them had a fair number of people cheering them on. Many of them had photos holding flowers while posing with their finisher medals. It made me want flowers when I finish! Then I realized that I have something even better- a boyfriend who is willing to suffer through the 26.2 mile stretch with me to help motivate me and keep me going. How lucky am I ?! I am sure there are other things he would have rather been doing today than running through 13 miles of mud and debris, but he knew I would appreciate it.
In related news, I am looking into joining the boot camp program at my gym. It looks like a lot of cross fit type training, and I’m hoping it will help me take my conditioning to the next level. I also got an email today that my foam roller and cliff bloks shipped. I am pretty excited! 🙂