It was dark out still when I rolled out of bed to head out for today’s long run. I had resisted getting out of bed for 30 minutes and finally gave up the fight. If only the sun would rise earlier. I am *so* looking forward to the upcoming time change.
I was already wearing my running clothes, so all I had to do was put on my shoes and socks, and grab my gear and go. With my strawberry bar in hand, I drove to the coffee shop for a small skinny latte. I drank about 1/4 of it and left the rest in the van for after the run.
I wanted today’s long run to be at a nice, easy pace. At the same time, I was on a tight schedule for the day as I had appointments at JC and to get my haircut. I ran a steady pace and didn’t stop at all along the way. I just ran and marked my laps at each mile marker along the way. I let Garminia keep the time and I tried not to look.
The air was cool and the people were friendly as I set out on the trail for my 17 mile training run. It would be an out-and-back run along a scenic path through the local parks. I felt like Miss Mary Ann as I acknowledged everyone I passed (whether they cared or not), and gave them a friendly Hello. I don’t know if they were having “fun at play”, but I was – for the most part.
At about mile 10, I could feel my legs getting a bit heavier on me. I ate my vitamin bar and drank some more water. My GU at mile 6 was obviously long gone. I thought about how far I have come in staying on my diet and continuing with my training. It hasn’t been easy, but I am pleased that my body seems to be performing pretty well with the fewer calories to this point.
In the September-October issue of Marathon & Beyond, Guy Avery writes a nice article about training and racing in your zone. He talks about balance and how essential it is to train with focus and intention. It would seem that I have been in my personal training zone this past month. I am almost afraid to notice.
With about 4 miles to go, I was coming up on a guy who had passed me a few miles back. We were basically running about the same pace but this was my point to turn up the effort a bit. I clicked past a few of the slower songs in my playlist and passed on his left. He tucked in behind me and stuck with me for the next couple of miles.
I turned it up even more for the final mile. That was when I saw Cindy and the gang coming towards me. I screamed “WOO-HOO!” She was looking good and was feeling great. I finished off my final mile and then I finished off the rest of my skinny latte.
Way to knock off that 17 miles. Glad you were an ambassador for the running community. We need more people like that. WOO HOO, for sure.
Although those that run early will appreciate the time change, I hate leaving work in the dark. I almost always run after work so I’m all for daylight savings – 365 would be fine by me.
17 miles, Saweeeeeet! Isn’t it wonderful when you can be so pleasant and happy inside without having to worry about what other people are doing?
Great job on the long run. Sounds like your training is really clicking.
That’s impressive! You are going to rock it for Nike.
Excellent run. Just another sign that you are going to rock on these upcoming halves. The weight had to feel good too!
Awesome job on the 17 miles. I always try and say hello to people on the path, if it’s near the end of a run, they are usually past me by the time the thought gets out my lips
Sounds like you are ready for your upcoming half. Way to go on the 17 miler and getting ready for CIM.