This was a huge week for me in terms of running. Well, and other things also, since I just started my full time job last Monday! Not only did I do the Hershey half marathon with a pretty big PR, I also ran the furthest distance I’ve ever gone. And actually felt pretty good about it. This marathon thing is starting to feel at least a little bit less impossible than it did before.
Two short runs and a 17 mile long run this week. I had already signed up for the Hershey half marathon long before I knew it would be a 17 mile run this week. After consulting with some of the running groups I’m in on facebook, I decided to run the 13 miles for the half and then do 4 miles afterward. I’d do it as soon as I could after finishing.
My first 30 minute run this week I did in Valley Forge and it went really well. Some days I just really feel good about running, and this was one of those days. I kept a pretty awesome pace for 30 minutes even with all those Valley Forge hills!
The second short run of the week I did after work on Friday and just decided to run around the neighborhood by the library. It was an okay run but I knew I was tired from the long week and didn’t have a lot of energy. Plus, I wasn’t used to running in that area so I didn’t anticipate some of the stop lights that I had to wait for and lack of sidewalks in some areas.
For my long run I started with the Hershey half marathon. You can read all about that experience here if you’re curious, but it went really, really well. I felt amazing during this run. And then I took about a 5 minute break and ran 4 more miles. And still felt really good. For the first time I felt like I could keep going after my mileage was in. That maybe a full marathon isn’t totally impossible. Painful, yes – I have no doubt it will be. But can I finish it? I think, right now, I probably can. So this really felt like a bit of a turning point in my run training. Hopefully I can keep it up in the coming weeks.
Have you ever practiced or trained for something and found a turning point like that?