Today was my first time ever running 15 MILES!! It went well and was the ultimate test both physically and mentally. I was running solo and there were hills...gradual and what seemed like huge ones on the way out. Coming home I was able to ride the hills down but even that takes energy. I was tempted to find a flat route but thought it was time to see how my knee and endurance would hold up. I hit 13.2 in 2:11 minutes so I was happy about that as just a month ago I was was hurting as I ran/walked the seattle half and finished in 2:28. I completed the 15 MILES in 2:30!! So big improvement and I knew I could have gone faster but I wanted to make sure I could find the strength it to make those TWO last UNKNOWN miles of 14 & 15. Happy and shocked when it was over and I came home and hit the roller, advil, ice bath, stretches and socks....so hoping I am in good shape tomorrow.
I am quite sure that I never dreamed I would run 15 miles....BUT I did. As usual God amazes me and is with me every time I push myself to new levels. I loved the mommy and baby deer at mile 3 and the white butterfly that caught my eye at mile 14 (makes me think of my Granny who has passed away) I definitely gave thanks for healthy legs, a willing mind, and the beauty around me!!
I am off for the week so I will be running SOLO again and busy with family festivites for my brothers wedding reception. Hoping I can find the time to run and be prepared to adjust as needed.
HAPPY RUNNING...and welcome to my new friends in the support crew!! Woo Hoo!