This Runkeeper training program had me running 13 miles today. My knee was hurting most of the week from my 12 mile run last weekend so I was debating on actually doing the 13 mile run or not. Today when I started it wasn't really bothering me so I went for the whole thing. Plus .1, because why only run 13 when you can run 13.1.
Originally I was going to go to town to run, but I'm just too lazy to drive 15-20 minutes and really, I know my surroundings here so much that I don't stress about people or dogs or cars or anything really.
If I run the perimeter of the club it's 4 miles so I was kind of thinking going in that I would just run the perimeter 4 times. Instead I ran around one lake 4 times and another one 2 times and then down the main drag and a few other streets.
I told myself I'd just take it all easy and I gave myself permission to walk a little after every 2 miles. That was a pretty good strategy I think. I did one GU at 5 miles (I was feeling good at the 4 so didn't walk there) and another at around mile 9. I had the vanilla bean one, OMG so good and the chocolate outrage which was ok too. Before I had tried an espresso one and that one was disgusting.
I think having the two GU's really helped. Usually when I run longer distances I get so so tired towards the end. Today I was tired but not "I can't go on much farther" tired.
When I first went out it was DARK. Like really dark felt like it was night dark. Eventually the sun came up and I started to see a few people out and about.
I MAY have also went over the levee to pee at around mile 11...
(note to self, put a napkin or 2 in my pack)
I think if you click on the picture here it might get bigger. There is a crane on that tree in the water. So pretty I had to pause and take a picture.
Here's my splits, you can tell I didn't walk for the last 2 miles by looking at them.
OR maybe I just got faster because the sun was up and people could see me? Hmmmm maybe haha
I got a little bit misty at about mile 11 (after the potty break) thinking about how when I first started running I couldn't even run down one street and now I can do laps around this whole freaking place.
I have come A LONG way.
It just goes to show that if you don't doubt yourself you can do what you set your mind out to do. Making goals is my #1 way to get motivated.
Well today I have book club. I'm excited to go hang out with my book club ladies. I missed last month so it feels like forever since I got to hang out with them all.
We are going to discuss the book Hello Darkness by Sandra Brown. I think I had typed in a big ol review on Goodreads and then it did a blip and didn't save it. It was a really good book!
I maybe can't wait for the wine and snacks either....Pin It