For some reason, seven miles was a mental roadblock in my head. It's longer than what the marathon-trainers are doing in their midweek runs. It's closer to 90 minutes of running for me than not. It could involve justifiably eating a GU. Chaffing could occur.
Luckily, I have AWESOME friends who agreed to be there for me. Sunday morning (at the ass-crack of dawn) Kerrie, Jill, and Megan all met to run on the Cedar River Trail.
|We found Megan later on...|
Jill, Kerrie & I set off three-wide on the trail. It was a ghosttown. The sun had risen about a half hour before, and the world was quiet. I had my Nathan 2 Speed belt on - I hadn't been able to stop drinking water for the last three days & knew how grumpy I tend to get if I am parched running. My jacket made it a whopping 1/2 mile in before it was tied around my waist.
And then...we ran. Kerrie & Jill chatted while I concentrated on warming up. My ankles/lower calves were cranky, and I grunted through a few miles. Megan appeared at 1.5 in - 'HEY CHELSEA!'. Quick round of introductions and now we were four-wide, laughing and talking about TMI things. (Oh wait, that was just me).
Out to the turnaround point and I spoiled myself w/ a Chocolate Outrage Gu. (Did I really need it? Eh. ARE THEY DELICIOUS? YES. THEREFORE I WILL EAT ONE.)
There's such a pressure when I run with others (especially speedy ones) to push myself to meet their pace. I know Kerrie. I know Jill. They know my pace. I stuck TO MY PLAN! Running. Walking when needed. Pushed myself to add an extra 100 steps when I felt like I was going to die. Last mile should be fastest. Go Go Go!
And you know what? It worked. 7 done at my long run goal pace of 12:15/mi. That roadblock? Decimated. Tummy trouble? Overcome. Banana? Eaten. First almost-ice-water post-run bath? BRRRRR.
|High-fives for being AWESOME|
Thanks to Kerrie, Jill, and Megan for being AWESOME and sticking with me. It meant more than you know! A year ago I was strugging to run 1/4 mile without dying..and here I am busting out seven.
|I was squirting out water, being silly, Kerrie or Jill said it looked like I was doing something else...|