You guys, this weekend I did it. Ran further than I ever thought I could, that is. So far marathon training has involved runs of 13 miles and below, all of which I've done many times during half marathons and the training for them. That doesn't mean they were easy, but it does mean that I mentally knew I could do it! Saturday, though, for the first time EVER, I ran 15 whole miles. FIFTEEN miles! And you know what? It felt amazing. I can't wait to tell you all about it!
I was less than thrilled to wake up at 4:50 Saturday morning in order to be at our training site by 6:15am, the new start time for us slow runners from now until the marathon. (So. Early.) It was really chilly that early, let me tell you! As I stood around with the other back-of-the-packers trying to stay warm, it definitely seemed like the atmosphere was a little on the pessimistic side. Two of my running buddies were feeling really anxious about the run, even though they are both marathon veterans. I started wondering if maybe I should be more nervous, but to be honest, my usual nerves just weren't there! I'm not saying I was all sorts of confident, but I honestly knew I would be able to power through the run one way or another, and I knew my pace group would not leave me behind. I wasn't sure it'd be a pretty sight, but I knew in my heart that I would be running 15 miles that day!
After the run, I was rewarded with an awesome little surprise--the running group had a massage therapist giving short leg massages to runners! PERFECTION! As the therapist worked out the million knots in my IT bands, he remarked that he thought he'd massaged some serious knots, but then he came here--he said the runner with the least knots still beat his knottiest non-runner client! Yikes! I believe it. :)
Did you run long this weekend?? Tell me all about it!