Training for GA ING is in effect. This will be my 2nd marathon!!!!
Yesterday was my first post-half-marathon run. 3 miles. Less than a 10 min pace. Yahoo!
It was weird. I said "I'm going to run faster". After watching those cross country kids a few months ago, I've wanted to RUN FASTER than I ever have before. But with half training, I was hesitant to up the speed and risk injury. But that's all a faded memory now....
So, I ran faster. Until I was breathing heavy 'most' of the time. And it was a first...I ran the entire 3 miles without stopping. Since many, many injuries ago, I've been walking for 30 seconds around every mile or so. I don't think that I needed it physically, but mentally it just felt better. But, as with the half marathon, the run/walking is a faded memory.
Of course, I never "felt great". I was running faster than ever. I was not stopping. I hadn't drank enough water. It was hot (I KNOW! Hello! It's November...it should not be 70 degrees at 6am!!!). And it was that first 3 miles that I still dread. But even with the not "feeling great" I still felt great...if that makes any sense. I tried to get my mind off of the fact that my lungs were collapsing and think about the first time I ever ran that 3 miles. And how slow I was. And how much it hurt. And how I thought I would never make it past 3 miles.
Yesterday's run sucked for the most part. And even with my new found less-than-10-minute-mile-normal-pace, I had so much time to reflect on what I have accomplished in a year. What I've ran, what I haven't, what I'm going to run, what I hope to do next.
So, overall: it sucked...but in a good way :)
Next stop: This (5k Reindeer Run on Saturday).