Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Week 10 - A New Frontier

My super power = running faster.
Each Sunday I wake up as Mr. H. practically bounds out of bed and I dread the next few hours. Actually, I usually start dreading it the night before. And to make it even better, I've been waking up around 3:30 a.m. on Sundays just so I can remind myself that in a few short hours I have to get up and do my long run. Can you tell how excited I am to do this?

As I drag myself out of bed, Mr. H. is careful not to meet my eye or get in my way. I can be somewhat surely in the early mornings, especially when I'm about to torture myself. The odd thing is, once it gets going, it's really not that tortuous. Even this week when I somehow managed to run 15 miles (the longest I have ever gone) averaging a pace of about 10:45 minutes per mile. Even though my left hip start to hurt around mile 7, I kept going - I attribute this to the Gatorade supplied by Fleet Feet near Navy Pier. Even though Mr. H. passed me with about 5 miles to go (as I predicted he would), I kept going. And even though I wasn't wearing my favorite socks, shirt or shorts and that I was getting a bit of a blister on the back of my right heel due to disintegrating socks, I kept going. 

And so it goes. Next week I have a 16 mile run and then I get the wonderful step back week before pushing myself to 18. So even though each week I'm trying to figure out how I'm ever going to do this, somehow I do.

Running stats for week ending August12
Miles run this week: 21
Training miles to date: 242.11
Number of songs on my long run playing list: 44

1 comment:

Freewheelin' Dave said...

You inspire me to start training for my upcoming 10K - maybe even earlier than 8 weeks before the run!

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