My training has remained steady as I work toward the Women’s Half Marathon in Nashville next month. This despite a crazy summer that included moving my family to another home and then moving my mother from her Minneapolis apartment to our new South Huntsville dwelling.
I have enjoyed building up slowly, a far cry from previous all-or-nothing approaches. Yesterday I accomplished a huge personal victory: the 8-mile run.
Prior to Saturday, the 8-mile stretch was something I had only accomplished three times — twice last summer and then again during last year’s Huntsville Half Marathon. That was also my breaking point in that race. I stopped and couldn’t seem to pick up any momentum for the remaining 5.1 miles.
My Hal Higdon training actually called for the 8 miles last Saturday, but a few unfortunate incidents messed with my concentration, which is critical to my running routine.
For starters, I rely on my MapMyFitness app to track my distance and pace. I checked it at 4.4 miles, ecstatic that I was over halfway there. I checked it a bit later and it was still at 4.4 miles. I had accidentally paused the workout on my new Droid, which I had yet to master! Already flustered, I reset and hooked up with some friends who were running in a pack. Not long after, Nature called. I tried to ignore her, but she set the ringer on loud and was relentless.
It was over. I walked home and finished the remaining two to three miles a bit later in a run/walk.
So when I ran the 8 miles this past Saturday, my dog, Zoey, and I took a nice, easy route along the Huntsville Greenway. I focused on the cool(er) air and enjoyed all the other friendly runners and walkers I met along the way. When I hit mile seven, I got a sudden burst of energy that carried me through the final mile. I felt accomplished, strong and elated.
My next challenge will come next Saturday when Hal Higdon, through my Novice 2 training, recommends that I increase my long run to 9 miles. That will be a first for me. EVER!
The Women’s Half is just over a month away, on September 22. Tomorrow kicks off week #7 of my training program. And how I love kicking off a week of training with a day of rest. Thank you, Hal!
Love this post. Running milestones are always fantastic highs!
Thanks, Shannon! You are so right. And it was so good to see you at Church this morning.
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