Long runs are 100% what made me fall in love with running.
All those years that I spent hating to run, I had just never gone far enough!
Of course then, one of the things I loved the most about training for AR50 was that I got to do two long runs in a row! After my race I had visions of a summer where I would just run on the trails however far I wanted, which obviously meant many 20(+) milers, because those are simply my favorite runs.
Then my IT band got mad. Then I had a to take a little break. Then I had to build my miles back up. Then I started training again.
Now looking back, it didn’t seem like it took that long, but in reality it’s been since March that I have done a long, 20(+) mile training run (if you don’t count AR50), which I think is a very long time! Wow I have missed it.
I didn’t rush into it and have been patient while I built my miles back up the last couple months. But inside I have been eagerly waiting for the day I was going out for a run that started with a 2.
Today it happened!
I met up with Jessica, Kristin and Jojo this morning in the foggy, windy Marin Headlands. Kristin and Jojo wanted around 8 miles, so I planned two loops so we could maximize our time running with them. 8 miles turned into 9+ because when you’re trail running things happen sometimes and trails get closed and miles get added, but it’s ok. That’s part of what makes trail running fun! Jess and I said bye to them with 11ish miles to go and continued on our way.
That first 9 miles went by so fast and the next 12 would do the same. When my Garmin beeped and said 18 miles I couldn’t believe we had already run that far. It was just one of those days where time seems to stand still (in a very good way) while you are running. There is really no other way to describe it.
21 miles and over 3,400’ of elevation gain later, we were back at our cars, both smiling ear to ear.
These are the runs I love. This is why I love to train.
20+ miler, I have missed you very much. It’s so, so good to be back.