Yesterday was a banner day for me … I managed to run farther than I ever have before! As you may know (well, by now), I’ve been trying to keep up my running training. Last week, I managed to run 7 miles … yesterday, I ran 8. I can’t even tell you how crazy it is for me to keep hitting these new plateaus … and no one is more surprised than I am :)
There are days when you can just tell you’re going to have a great run. Some days, you just don’t feel it … yesterday, I did. I knew going into my run that I was going to be able to run for a long time. I was hoping for 8 miles but I didn’t want to get my heart set too early. Once I hit the 5 mile mark, I kind realized that I could go the distance. Believe me, runs like this are not easy. I had to slow down a few times to reserve some energy and rehydrate myself (I’m a big sweater, as gross as that may sound) but I managed to keep going, going, going. I cannot even tell you how good it feels to hit a new distance goal. It’s the best feeling in the world when you realize that you’ve beaten your personal best. I’ve determined that taking (at least) a day off in between runs really helps me in the long run. If my legs have time to heal and recuperate from long runs, they are better able to go a little farther the next time.
Tonight, I’m attending an informational meeting to find out if I’m ready to seriously engage in marathon training. I’ve been toying with the idea of taking on a 26.2 marathon before the end of the year and tonight, I’ll have more information on whether or not I’m ready to take on such a task. OY! We’ll see. Happy Tuesday!