Alternatively, this post could be called, “My Mom Is Awesome”.
I had 20 miles on deck for my long run (LR) this weekend. Weez has been taking a break from long distance running, so I’ve been going about my LRs by my lonesome for the past few weeks here. Laaaaame!
The first 15 miles, I had fun music to listen to, but then my playlist ran out. And I got bored.
So using my iPhone earbuds+built in microphone (those are the earbuds I use to listen to my music), I called my mom.
There I was, running along, talking on the phone with my hands-free. It’s a super dorky concept and make fun of me all you want, but there were multiple benefits to chatting while running:
1. Entertainment. We were laughing and talking the entire time. I felt like I was at home, hanging out with my mom. Zero boredom!
2. Added fitness challenge. It’s significantly harder to talk and keep an 8:00 pace while running, than it is to just be listening to music.
3. Safety. I was running out in the boonies, outside of town, on and off sidewalks, with nobody really around. I felt less secluded with mom’s company on the other side of the line.
4. Personal cheerleader. When going up a big hill at the end, mom was a cheerleader on the other side of the phone helping motivate me to keep a strong effort.
I strategically mapped out my run so that I would have a tough, 500ft-gain hill before the end. I wanted to simulate Boston’s Heartbreak Hill. With mom’s motivation, I managed to keep an 8:40 pace up that monster.
So needless to say, my momma is awesome, and she kept me company for the entire last 5 miles of my LR! Thanks, mom!
20.5 miles in 2:46 (avg 8:06 pace).
Puttin’ money in the bank.
Feeling healthy. fit. thankful. positive. optimistic.
The Boston marathon is only 1 22-miler, and 5 short weeks away!