I can’t even begin to tell you how frightened I was of this morning’s long run.
For starters, I was flying completely solo. Dad had to go into work (therefore, running his mileage later in the day.) And as much as I love running by myself, it scared me silly to think that I wouldn’t have our usual conversations to distract me when I needed it the most. Somehow, talking to myself never feels quite the same.
Secondly, I haven’t run 9.5 miles in over a year. A year! And the last time I did, I had some major knee issues. Speaking of knee issues, my third reason for being scared out of my mind was that my knee has been acting up over this past week. Needless to say, my inner runner’s confidence was feeling a little shaky.
It was morning. It was 7:30. It was now or never. (Never was never an option.) I grabbed my water, a clif shot (which I had picked up for free from last week’s 5k,) and began my fearful trot.
Mile one and two were the toughest. But from that point on, I sort of just melded into this lovely groove. ”Settle down, Sarah. You’re fine. Relax. One step at a time. Enjoy this run.”
(See? I do talk to myself. )
Once my mind quieted down, I found myself quite enjoying the sounds of crunchy sand beneath my feet. I enjoyed the sounds of morning doves cooing to each other. I enjoyed the smells of muffins and coffee whirling up to my nose as I passed by the local bakery. I even enjoyed the raspberry clif shot and being scared half to death by one quite large, almost unrealistically over-sized goat.
Running wise, I haven’t felt this good in a long, long time. Probably going back to my pre-injury days! It was such a delicious feeling.
As always, I immediately refueled (and rehydrated!) myself post-run.
Sweet and Salty Garden Salad
Serve with homemade bread ‘n’ butter, crackers with cheese, or whatever suits your fancy.
- Mesculin Greens
- Cucumber and tomatoes
- Sunflower seeds
- Snap peas
- Green bell pepper
- dressing: sprinkle of sea salt, olive oil and a drizzle of honey
There was a little more refueling later on after dad completed his 9.5 miles. We both found ourselves in the mood for something cold, creamy and delicious. The choice was Ben & Jerry’s. Obviously.
Chunky Monkey = my favorite
Time to relax and unwind with a good book. It’s been forever since I read last, and tonight it just feels like the right thing to do. Hope you’re all having a happy Saturday!
Sarah’s “Official” Half Marathon Training Plan
Week 1: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—4 miles
Week 2: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—5 miles
Week 3: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—2.5 miles
Week 4: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—6.5 miles (YIPPEE!)
Week 5: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—3 miles
Week 6: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—8 miles (We. Did. It! )
Week 7: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—3 miles
Week 8: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—9.5 miles (Feelin’ Good!!)
Week 9: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—4 miles
Week 10: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—11 miles
Week 11: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—4 miles
Week 12: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—12.5 miles
Week 13: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—4 miles
Week 14: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—14 miles
Week 15: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—5 miles
Week 16: Tues—3 miles Thurs—3 miles Saturday—HALF MARATHON RACE DAY
QUESTION: Favorite ice-cream flavor?