And I feel awesome about it. Thank you so much for all of your advice and encouragement on yesterday's post! So here I am ready to break down this awesome run for ya!
Bam. One of my friend who is a seasoned runner (multiple marathons, etc.) recommended an awesome trail off the Raleigh Greenway that is super flat and long. I sort of fell in love with it. It's through the woods, so it is fairly cool/shaded. I got a little confused from his directions as to where to start, but it worked out perfectly.
As visible by the map, I started on the left side of the lake and ran up through those trails. I couldn't figure out what to do when the Bent Creek Trail I took came to a dead end. I decided to turn around and run around the remainder of the lake. It worked perfectly because it looped me back around to my car around mile 4.
Chocolate Agave #9. I think I'll do the same on my next long run there (unless I have a SPI belt of some sort on the next round). Honestly, on mile 7 I thought I might just quit at 8. I didn't do 8 last weekend. I had to keep pushing though. Obviously, 8 and 9 were the hardest and slowest miles. I kept checking my Garmin and was just ready to be done. Once I finally pushed through though, I have never felt so proud of myself. Even on the treadmill today, I was envisioning that feeling of crossing the finish line at the half. After the toughness of the 9 miles, it is tough to imagine adding another 4.1 to that, but I'm confident I can do it. My pace was pretty crazy and all over the place, and I'm definitely not fast, but I didn't walk at all.
I treated myself to Gatorade and an ice bath (that's right, I'm hardcore). Give me your post-race recovery techniques!
I don't have a long run this weekend since I'll be running the Carrboro 10k in Carrboro, NC. I have to admit I am definitely not excited about getting up early on a Saturday (which honestly is the only reason I don't do more races). Literally my first thought every morning is how many days I have until Saturday when I can sleep in again. Since I didn't get to do my summer 10k, I really want to finish this race. I'm really hoping that D will come and support/cheer me on at the race. How do you get your significant others/family to understand how big of a deal races are? After next weekend, I have a 10 miler and 12 miler. Bring it on!