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January 31, 2006

8 Miles

Let me first start by saying that I should be doing some work. I'm back from my tdy and have a lot of catching up to do but I'm just not feeling it right now....so good time to update my blog.

So, I log in and start looking at everyone else's reports from the weekend, trying to get some inspiration to write something catchy about my 8 mile run yesterday, that i thought was sooooooooooooo freakin monumentous that i really just want to stand up in my cube farm, climb on my desk and shout "hey, i ran 8 miles last night...what did you do?" but i didn't. cause my boss is here. and my big boss. and well, i do like my job and do want to keep it.

back to reading other peoples blogs...and i take a look at 26.2miles(http://262miles.blogspot.com/) and his first comment is "I did an easy 8 miles today" and i had to stop and laugh at myself for a sec...cause I was going to write about how great and wonderful and hard my 8 miles was...and well, i still am...so here goes:

T2 went with me cause now he's stepped it up and decided he too will run in San Diego. Way to go tt! So, it's 6pm and getting dark and i'm trying to decide which way we will run. Should we go down the big hill first before we circle around? Or should we go the other way with the sidewalks? Peeps are coming home from work and I'm a little scared about getting runt over. Or, we could run down to that neighborhood with the big big houses and it will be dark so the peeps will have their lights on and maybe we can get a glimpse into the bigger-house-side-of-life. Or maybe, just maybe, if I sit here long enough and go back and forth on where to run, we will run out of time and I won't have to do it.

Well, that ain't happenin....i finally made the decision to go the big house route past the grocery store/pizza place/college, up the perpetual incline that's not so much fun and back. And it got dark. And I couldn't see, which explains why my pace was 12:15, or at least that's what I'm tellin myself. And note to self: don't run by the pizza place when your hungry. And the big house neighborhood...had more hills than I care to count. But that perpetual incline...I gabbed it up with t2 all the way up that hill...then realized, I just did it! And didn't even know I was doing it. I just ran up that like I was on an escalator. Good stuff. And then at the end...when we had to go down the big hills in the dark, on the newly constructed sidewalk, that was missing square concrete sections about every 50 ft so I would have to slow down and take baby steps cause I was scared that there might be a nail, or a snake, or that I would trip and each time my knees just stopped and my legs felt like they wanted to go with my knees and then back up the big hill and I just can't do it...anymore...I can't breathe...and my legs feel like rubberbands...and breathe...and just 3 more mailboxes...breathe...breathe...breathe...done...

And I have officially joined the 8 mile club. I asked T if we could rent "8 Mile" tonight as a celebration for OUR 8 mile run and...he laughed...and looked at me funny...I think that was his way of politely saying nope. But, I did it. We did it. Not stellar performance pace wise, but I just crossed over one more hurdle in quest to hang that finishers medal around my neck. Cause I will not lose sight that my goal is to finish this race. Not in any specific time. Just to finish. And heck, now that I know I can do it, I'll pick up the pace next time.

On another training related note, I am really enjoying this new training program (Hal Higdon's Intermediate II) and am really feeling like I am doing it! I officially hit 100 miles last week in my new shoes and have now run 15% of the total mileage that I must put in prior to San Diego! Oh, and last night I hit the 7 mile mark as well, and stopped on the street corner to do the happy 7 mile dance...then I looked over...and I coulda swore that I saw my big boss...in his truck...looking directly at me...shaking my arse at the incoming traffic...singing "happy happy 7"...

I might need some help...

4 comments:

Jim said...

Hey!

you ran 8 FREAKING miles! Shout it from the mountaintops and be proud. I bet there's not not more than a handful of people you know that have run that distance!

good job!

a.maria said...

what's the happy 7 mile dance?!!!!

i need me a happy X number of miles dance!! hmmm, i'll have to get on that...

but hey. 8 miles IS a big deal. how many people do you know (like, KNOW, not RBF'ers) who have/can run 8 miles? not many, i'm sure!

8 miles was my great big nemesis while training last year.

so. be proud of your 8. you deserve it!

Dallen said...

I just noticed your reference to me. Hopefully I didn't lessen your 8 miles. 8 miles is still very impressive, even if I happened to consider it "easy". Good luck, and go for 9, then 10, then...

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