I’ve had a productive day so far! Since I wasn’t able to do last weekend’s scheduled 10 mile training run because I was in Baltimore, my training buddy Ashley and I made plans to do our 10 miler this morning instead.
(See my nice running water bottle in the photo above? Well, I was annoyed with carrying it, so around mile 3 I left it on the side of the trail with plans to get it when we looped back as a “water stop.” Well, someone totally STOLE it!!!! Who does that?? Jerk :( I am sad. I think I might try a Camel Bak now instead since I didn’t like carrying a bottle anyway… but sigh. Any water holding recommendations? I tried a water belt but couldn’t handle the bouncing, plus it was hard to get the bottles out to drink from them!)
Anyway, apparently it’s winter again. Wtf? It was 30 degrees when we met up at 7 a.m. Brrrr! Ashley hadn’t packed her running gloves and had to wear leather gloves that were in her car for the first part of our run. Lol!
Unlike my last long run, my awesome Paradise 8 Miler with my dad, this was a really hard run. My legs felt tired, heavy, and stiff, especially for the first part of the run.
But, we still managed a great time :) We finished in 1:26, a whole 4 minutes faster than our Army Ten Miler finish time of 1:30. Looks like we’re on track for a new PR at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in two weeks… fingers crossed and knock on wood!
- Mile 1: 8:26
- Mile 2: 8:42
- Mile 3: 8:47
- Mile 4: 8:56
- Mile 5: 8:44
- Mile 6: 8:39
- Mile 7: 8:34
- Mile 8: 8:52
- Mile 9: 8:32
- Mile 10: 8:37
Our average overall pace was about 8:40. (Not including a quick water/stretching break at our Mile 5 turn around.) Not too shabby! This was only the third time I’ve ever run ten miles so it was very exciting :) I’m definitely going to be sore… knee icing and stretching immediately upon return was very necessary. Love me some frozen peas!!
Do you remember my more personal post from a couple weeks ago about how I finally came to love yoga? Running is such a different sort of satisfaction than I get from yoga. I look to yoga to relax and stretch my body, to calm my mind, to give myself a chance to feel centered. I feel so relaxed and jelly-esque after yoga.
But I love how energized and accomplished running makes me feel, especially when I reach a new goal, like a faster pace or a longer distance. I love how on a day when I’m feeling stressed or restless, I can go outside, just me and my running shoes (and my Garmin ;) ), and take some time to think. I love the “me” time that running provides. I love feeling the fresh air, hearing the birds chirp, and listening to the sound of my breathing. And I love catching up with a friend (or my dad!) over a good, long run. When else will you have such a long period of completely undivided time to just talk?
I have a lot of friends who say they “can’t” run or that it’s “too hard” for them and somehow easier for me or everyone else. People, running is hard work. That’s not going to change, no matter how much running you do. But that doesn’t mean it won’t get a little easier each time, or that it’s not worth doing. Just start slow and don’t give up! I wasn’t always able to run this far, after all, and it’s certainly still not easy. And while sometimes everything will click and you’ll have an awesome run… just remember that some runs are better than others. That’s just how it is.
Sometimes running will feel effortless, sometimes (like today for me) it won’t.
Sometimes you’ll be able to run fast, and sometimes you won’t.
Sometimes you’ll get a “runner’s high” that carries you through the run, and sometimes it won’t come until you’re (finally) finished.
To my runner readers — Why do you run? How did you start?
And to my non-runner readers — Have you tried running? Do you want to start?
Time to go enjoy another benefit of long runs — the extra FOOD! Enjoy your Saturday :)