I remember how nervous I was to run "that far". I picked the event because the course looked pretty flat and I was scared enough of the distance and I didn't want hills on top of it. I ran a few (literally 2) eight mile training runs. I picked the flattest routes around me I could find...hills aren't as scary to me now, but a year ago, I actually planned ways to avoid them. Race day was the first time I ever ran 9.3 miles and I remember after mile eight it seemed like the finish line was never going to come into view.
|Finish line 2013|
Luckily, I got a very random cool day and did pretty well, but I was exhausted when I was done. I rested three days before I ran again. I remember how elated I felt when I got home. I figured if I could run nine I could tackle a half; it gave me the confidence to at least consider it, and four months later I ran my first half.
A year later I still feel like 9.3 miles is a long distance. I don't get nearly as exhausted running that far now, but it never feels easy! Running is tough stuff. I have made progress and grown stronger, but those random rough runs still slip in and make me question my sanity and my strength.
Shoot, sometimes I have such a hard time keeping myself going I feel like I have never run before and wonder what's wrong with me! (hate that lol) When I finish a tough run like that I always feel better for doing it though. Usually by the time I am in the shower I am already thinking about my next run...craziness!
|Hopefully we'll be smiling after tomorrow|
The largest elevation gain is 134 ft., there's a rolling up and down section, and one stretch is almost a mile of (100 ft.) uphill before there's a break.
A year ago just putting my feet on the pavement was enough of a challenge, I don't know who this crazy person is picking hills.
Long run plan - enjoy the challenge - adjust pace as needed - finish :)
I have a part 2 about long runs coming.
I am always curious to hear your thoughts...do you run hills a lot? Thoughts on hills verses more gradual inclines? When you aren't worried about pace, what's fun?
Have a wonderful weekend!