Since I couldn't find a running buddy and I couldn't bare the though of doing the 10 alone, Dave came with me on his bike! He carried all of my supplies (water, tissues, fuel, sweatshirt when I got hot), played paparazzi, and cheered me on at the end when I really needed it. What a great boyfriend!
The weather was perfect, mid 40s into the low 50s, cloudy with some sun. The trail had a lot of traffic since it was so nice, tons of bikes were flying by us (some a little closer than I cared for), but it wasn't a huge deal. The first 5 miles out flew by. I kept the pace pretty slow and didn't stop at all. I felt great. At the turn around point I ate a few apple slices. I wanted to pick up some real fuel before the run, but I never got around to it, so I went with what I had, which seemed to work out.
The second half went well too. But again, the end was such a mental game. I always thought these runs would be hard because I would be winded and getting side stitches but that's not the case at all. As far as all that goes, I feel like I could run forever. But my legs, oh my legs. They are screaming by the end. My hips get so tight and my knees start to ache. The last 2 miles were so tough, but I also pushed it and finished strong!
Again with the awkward splits, I hit the lap button at our turn around, so laps 7-11 were the second half. Check out those last 1.88 miles! Like a boss!
Finishing a long run is the best feeling ever! Oh what did you do Saturday morning? Sleep in? Go to breakfast? Battle a hangover? I ran 10 miles! I seriously feel like a rockstar. And next weekend is the Broad Street Run and I am ready.
What's something big you've accomplished lately?!