I had a breakthrough long run on Sunday, and I really wanted to share my happiness in my efforts with you.
On Sunday, I went out for a 20 miler. I was feeling really great the entire time (despite the insane winds we were having in CO over the weekend). A few of the miles were straight into the extremely gusty winds, but I was still able to maintain a solid effort. A few miles were aided by the wind, and those miles were a lot quicker.
My first 10 miles flew by and I checked in with my watch… 10 miles in 1:19 (7:54 min pace). Holy cow, I was honestly shocked to see that. I didn’t realize I had that in me. I couldn’t stop smiling.
Side note: Weez was the best support crew in the world for me during this run. Since he couldn’t run with me, he’d meet me every few miles to hand me another Gu or exchange water bottles. He took Cabo with him, and every time I saw them from afar, it gave me extra motivation to keep working hard. I love him for being there for me like that. He’s the best.
I kept clipping the miles away, but by mile 17, I was cashed. I ran by Weez for the last time, and pushed my way through those final 3 miles. The wind, my legs being tired from 17 miles at 8 min pace… it was all enough to introduce me to The Wall. I won’t lie, it hurt. The last miles were rough, but I got ’em done and looked at my final time:
20 miles, in 2 hours 42 minutes (8:07 pace).
This is huge confidence booster for me. I feel like a dork/snob/runner-loser by saying this, but I honestly didn’t realize I had that in me. And I feel really proud about that run. So I just wanted to share those times with you :)
Remember when I was goal planning for the Denver marathon, 5 weeks ago? I said “this is probably the least confident I’ve ever felt going in a marathon.” Ooooohhh the difference 5 weeks of steady training can do, for your mind and legs.
How have you surprised yourself lately? Have you accomplished something you didn’t expect you could? Tell me a story you’re proud of!