I still remember the very first time I ran 10 miles.
It was such a big deal to me to be in the “double digits” and it was when I knew I really loved running. Before that day I couldn’t imagine actually running that far and it was a really big obstacle for me to overcome, but the day came, I did it, and I never looked back.
To this day it still is a big deal to me, especially during certain parts of training. Coming off of marathon recovery and back into training, like I am right now, this is always a big deal for me. I don’t particularly enjoy recovering after the first week of laziness, and I just want to back to where I was.
I have been doing my best at being a good girl and taking things relatively slowly coming off Boston 2 Big Sur, and as much as I wanted to jump into the double digits last week, I didn’t. I got up to 9 last weekend and 8 for a midweek run this week and felt really good, so I knew it was time to get into the double digit zone again and I was excited!!
This morning I met up with the San Francisco Marathon training program like I usually do on Saturday mornings and I planned on doing around 12. Most of the marathon trainees were doing 16 but I definitely didn’t want to push it that far just yet. I set out with my 9 – 9:30 pace group and off we went!
We ran in Danville this week, which is a route I know like the back of my hand. It’s relatively flat with a slight decline going out and slight incline coming back. It’s shady at the beginning and exposed in the middle. We had a great group of 5 of us (2 pacers, 3 trainees) and chatted away for the first 6 until I was ready to turn around. I had one trainee come back with me and we cruised back and were definitely warm in the sun – looks like the hot runs are going to be starting soon (boo).
I felt good the whole time and we ended our run right on pace, and I was very happy to be back into double digit land, my most favorite part of running. I relaxed in the sun waiting for the rest of my friends to finish up their run.
Perfect start to the weekend.
12.0 miles/1:50:00/9:10 avg pace
What was(is) your biggest “milestone” to overcome in training?
Besides getting into double digit land, I remember being SO NERVOUS before my first 16 mile run. Something about that number scared me, but it ended up being my best training run ever for my first marathon.
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