Once I passed 13.1 miles I just couldn't get the stupid grin off of my face. This was despite the fact that it was
I met my new friend Julie this morning even though I attempted to put the run off until this afternoon due to rain. Julie couldn't run this afternoon so it was brave the weather or go it alone. We braved the weather and I'm glad we did. Julie had 7 miles on her training plan for this morning and it was so fun to chat again while tackling long runs.
I don't know what it is but you put me with another woman on a run and we just can't shut up. Thanks Julie for running the first seven miles with me. I never once worried about how far we'd gone, the time just flew by.
Mile 2: 12:17
Mile 3: 12:08
Mile 4: 12:03
Mile 5: 11:55
Mile 6: 11:55
Mile 7:12:17 -----> Julie leaves me alone :( Gu Chomps
Julie and I had done an out in back on the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. I'll admit that passing my car and then headed back out alone wasn't very appealing, but I put my headphones on and started "rocking out" and suddenly it wasn't that bad. I surprised myself how well I actually felt.
Like I said, it had been raining during the entire run but it was mostly a drizzle or a "spit". Around mile 10 the rain REALLY started to come down. At one point I passed another runner and we both laughed and gave each other the thumbs up at the same time.
Julie said running on days like today makes you hardcore. I'm going to have to agree!
Mile 8: 11:57
Mile 9: 11:43
Mile 10: 11:39 -----> rain becomes INSANE!
Mile 11: 11:35
Mile 12: 11:25
Mile 13: 11:35 -----> shoes officially weigh 1,000,000 pounds
Mile 14: 11:36
By about mile 13.5 the rain was dripping from the brim of my hat and my hands were turning into to prunes and I was ready to be finished. I passed my car around mile 13.6 but I would NOT stop before I hit mile 14. I started running back and forth on the last 0.1 miles of the trail until I hit 14.00.
This could quite possibly be one of my most satisfying runs of the season. I love accomplishing something new even if it was in the cold rain. My shoes are now water logged but I ran 14 miles!!!!
Next week's long run is 18 miles. Yikes!! Who am I?