Yesterday it finally happened! I completed my 20 mile training run. And you know what? It really wasn’t all that bad! Don’t get me wrong, it was hard. The last mile seemed to drag on forever and I thought my legs were made of lead. Luckily, when I was struggling to make it through the last .5 mile, I passed an old lady who was really ridiculously fake tan. I must have looked completely miserable because she started doing a cheering dance for me. I’m not even kidding. It was the best and totally got my spirits up. I must look like I’m struggling when I run normally though because the other day I had just started my run (I was maybe .25 miles into it) and I passed three girls about middle school age. They said hi and I said hi back. Then one of them said “You’re doing great! Keep it up!!” It was really sweet and made me laugh. Then I thought about how that girl should be a runner because she’s got the right attitude.
I downloaded a new audiobook (that’s what books on tape are called now. I figured it out) app and for the first half of my run listened to Anne of Green Gables. When I was in 6th grade my best friend and I were OBSESSED with Anne and Diana and all the books. We even called each other Anne and Diana (I was Diana because I have dark hair). So I thought it would be fun to listen to the book! It was actually really entertaining and I loved it! I was having a lot of fun listening to it when lo and behold at mile 9.8 my PHONE DIED!!!! Apparently this app sucks battery life like nobody’s business because my phone was fully charged when I left. Boo!!!
I had a small moment of panic when I realized that I would be running another 10.2 miles with no music, no audiobook, no podcast and no phone. What if something went horribly wrong and I needed to call someone?? What if I couldn’t mentally handle 10 miles with only my thoughts? What if I got bored? What if I had a bathroom emergency and couldn’t call someone to come get me? What if I got lost on my run and didn’t have a phone to help me find my way?!
Luckily, nothing bad happened and I actually ended up completely forgetting that I wasn’t listening to something. I got completely into my run and thinking about the marathon (2 weeks from yesterday!!), how I was feeling, encouraging myself and building myself up. It was wonderful! I really enjoyed it! My only regret is that I wasn’t able to take pictures of some cool things that I saw along the way. So just imagine a family of 3 deer crossing a narrow, tree lined neighborhood street, and the view from a neighborhood that sits along the side of the mountain and you can see the whole valley from where you are.
Overall I was surprised at how well my longest run went. It was very encouraging, although adding another 6 miles to the end of that seemed near impossible. We’ll see! Considering I ran a lot of hills yesterday and my marathon is totally downhill for the first 17 miles, I’m hoping that will make up the difference. I’ll let gravity do a lot of the work for me for a while.
Now to enjoy the day of rest. A rest much needed. Plus the day off work tomorrow! What a great weekend 🙂
Did you do a long run this weekend?
What was your favorite book/book series growing up?
Do you listen to anything while you run? or do you prefer your thoughts?