Good Morning Fellow New Runners!!
**Yes, I am aware I “borrowed” my headline from the amazing ladies at Another Mother Runner. Click on the link to see what you are missing…it is a website chock full of great stories, tips and links to their hilarious and amazing books.
Well, I did it. My first ever 13.1 mile training run. It took longer than I wanted and I certainly ached more than I expected during it, but I can no longer ask myself “if” I can complete a half marathon. Now I know I can.
VERY early (5:15am) last Saturday morning, I met up with my running partner and we headed off on long run. Neither of us had a good running week the prior week. We were both battling sickness, me a nasty head cold/chest congestion/sore throat thing and she a stomach virus. So neither of us completed our weekday training runs like we should have. But, like the troupers all us runners are, we set off on Saturday morning determined to at least get some miles in.
The first couple of miles weren’t hard, but it was darn hot out so we stopped for water breaks almost every mile. My running partner had more stomach issues during the run so we kept walking for longer than either of us wanted. With the walk breaks, our legs and feet started aching. However, that eternal struggle that all distance runners know made us keep going. We had to get back to where we parked our cars. So, the last 3 miles we put our headphones in and trudged through. I kept going until my Garmin read 13.10. Man oh man was I excited to see that! Even though my running partner has completed quite a few half marathons and is currently training for a marathon, this was her first 13.1 training run as well.
Source: Runners World
Once we got back to our cars, the aches and pains subsided into joyous elation that we had done it! We downed a bottle of water each (we had both gone through the 4 8oz water bottles on our hydration belts during our run, summer running in Florida is fun!) and headed home, she munching on a banana, me on my protein shake. What a way to start the day.
Enjoy the Run!