It has been a long while since I’ve run 10 miles. In fact, just to be honest, I haven’t run over 7 or 8 miles but twice in the past year. Once was two weeks before my half marathon and once was my half marathon (RnR Nashville).
Well running up and down my mountain got me to about 8 miles and I considered that to be worth about 13. That may not be true, but it really was much more then an 8 mile workout. Then summer hit and I entered survival mode. I decided I would set a goal of 4 miles a day and try not to miss more then 2 days a week. That got me about 20 miles a week, just enough to keep me going.
Sunday it was cold here. I know that it is cold it is up North, but for us, waking up to 36 degrees was a bit of a shock. So I just stayed in bed. In fact I stayed in bed later then I have in years. I finally got up and decided I needed to get my run in anyway and man up under the cold. By the time I got to our state park, it was a cool 50 degrees and almost perfect for running. I will say it was too warm for a jacket during a run and too cold to go without. In the end, I ran 2 miles with a jacket and then did the rest without.
I knew I could do the 10 miler, but also knew the temptation to tell myself that I could quit early, so after I ran the 2 miles and put up my jacket, I ran 4 miles in one direction and 4 back. To be honest, it was hard. My body isn’t used that long mileage anymore and the road back was mostly uphill.
The run was very rewarding. I needed to get back to longer runs and figured 10 miles was a good start. I am much stronger then I was during my marathon, which is good news. All the hill runs paid off. Also I mostly had negative splits, even with the last several miles being uphill most of the way.
So that run is in the bag. I hope to keep the 10+ mile runs going each weekend for the long term. I have the hill runs down, and adding the long runs will add to my strength. I hope to run a half marathon at the end of December (Jacksonville) then another half in February (Birmingham) and finish with a marathon in Va. Beach in March. Time will tell how this will go. I got hurt a lot going into my last marathon, but I know now that I didn’t have the leg strength to do it. I don’t know how I completed it, let alone ran it in 4:15.