enjoying the journey

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
  • Avocado
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Snap peas
  • Green bell pepper
  • Raisins
  • 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! :D )

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?

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11 thoughts on “enjoying the journey

  1. Yay! Congratulations on a great run.

    I love Cherry Garcia when it comes to Ben & Jerry’s; otherwise, I love chocolate or vanilla ice cream topped with peanut butter and banana.

  2. Hmm … as far as Ben & Jerry’s go, I’d have to say Phish Food or Cookie Dough (limted choice over here in the UK ;)), otherwise Hagendour’s Strawberry Cheesecake, Carte de Or’s Cinnamon and Caramel Waffle or any kind of exceptional Mint-Choc-Chip!!! 😛 Oh dear, this does rather give away that maybe I’ve thought about my favourite ice-cream flavour a bit too much … ?!?

    • I thought they were pretty good! They went down easily and the flavor wasn’t too bad either. The consistency got to me a little at first, but it did its job well. I felt much less sluggish than normal, even after the run was over. 😀

  3. Congrats on the run! Which half are you training for? I used the shot bloks during my half last year and I found they had about a 2-mile life span. I still get nervous for a run, esp. each time I increase my mileage. It’s weird because, really, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Walking for a bit? Something which I never do but it’s not a horrible option. I’m off to do 7 this morning.

    That salad looks awesome and I’m a Chubby Hubby fan.

  4. This is what I needed to read…I’m training for a 1/2 too, mines in 3 weeks…I haven’t run at all this week because I’ve not felt good…but, it’s time to suck it up and just get out there! I’m trying your baked sweet potato recipe tonight! Will let you know how it turns out!!

  5. Congratulations on the run! I’ve never gone quite that far even a few years back when I was at my best! Just got back into it in the last week, so I may get there eventually.

    For the record, Chunky Monkey is a sweet little piece of heaven! I haven’t had it on a LONG time… may have to get some now!

  6. Way to go on your run! I am five weeks away from my very first half-marathon and ran my longest run (10 miles) on Saturday. I almost always run alone, even though I am running with Team in Training. I keep one earphone of my iPod in for motivation and try to enjoy the scenery the rest of the time.
    I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to trying a few of your recipes soon. Good luck with the rest of your training!

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