Saturday morning I rolled out of bed bright (dark actually) and early. By sunrise I was suited-up and ready to go. On the agenda…my first 8 mile run. Ever.
Before I even left the house it was starting out not so fantastic. I got sidetracked with laundry and ended up ten minutes behind schedule (I hate being late, even when there’s no one waiting for me). While tossing clothes into the dryer I realized that my favorite running pants were a part of the sopping wet load and wouldn’t be ready in time. *sadness* As I was heading out I decided to give my stuffed-up nose one more opportunity to clear out. This resulted in an instant nosebleed. I had visions of me running down the road with blood streaming from my face and splattering my shirt. Super.
Still determined to head out, I stuffed a couple of tissues (just in case) into my running belt and finally made it out the door. I was greeted with clouds. Big ugly, dark, storm clouds. Frig. It was supposed to be sunny?! I briefly considered heading back in to hit the treadmill and save my long run for the next day. Instead, I grabbed my phone and quickly checked the weather. It looked ok and at that point I was pretty psyched for a possible 8 miles. So off I went. I got about five minutes from home before I realized that I forgot my gel. 8 miles…no re-fuel. Nice.
I think it’s safe to say that by the time my Mizuno’s hit the pavement I was not expecting great things.
Fortunately, I didn’t have anything to worry about. I ended up having a really good run. My pace wasn’t anything amazing…around a 10:00 mile. But I felt strong and comfortable the entire time. No walk breaks needed.
I was running on a main road in our town. It was my first time on this route. I didn’t anticipate all of the roadkill (!). But I managed to maintain enough spring in my step to launch over them when there wasn’t enough space to safely navigate around. So, my first 8 miles with hurdles…complete!
The other thing I noticed during this run. The amount of cars that honked at me. Not because I was in the way, but as a greeting. I’m not entirely sure if: a) I just happened to be running through an incredibly friendly area, b) if there was an unusual amount of perverts out that morning or c) if perhaps they were fellow-runners and this was kind of similar to the biker low-wave of acknowledgement???
Regardless, a pretty great long run. Better still, no negative after effects! Since there was no soreness and I was still feeling strong, I followed up the next day on the treadmill with an easy 3 miles (9:16 pace). But today I hear Tony Horton calling my name. 5,000 push/pull-ups it is. Interesting that suddenly an 8 mile run seems like my easy workout??