I did make another rookie mistake. I went to the gym yesterday and I worked out on the elliptical and then I worked out on the weights. I was trying to be gentle, knowing that I had the 10 mile run today but I kept going probably longer than I should. But I felt great and I didn't think I was straining or anything. It felt so good to be back in the gym, I may have over done it. But it was a scheduled rest day. But because of my foot, I hadn't run all week so I was trying to make up for that.
The run this morning was TOUGH!! I felt so tired and my legs hurt and felt heavy. My foot kind of hurt. I should have respected the rest day before a long run. Another lesson learned!! I walked a good chunk of the first 5 miles, I just could not find a pace or get in my groove. It was a gorgeous morning, the temp was like 56 when I left the house. But I was struggling! It was probably the toughest run I have done so far. There was a very funny moment when I hit 5 miles, my Nike sensor voice said "You have reached the halfway point, only 5 miles left" Right after he said that, the Hallelujah Chorus came on my Ipod. It was fantastic and made me giggle. I whispered "Thank you Uncle!" It seemed like a nice sign from him! That perked me up and I started to run at a better pace.
In the park this morning was a 9/11 Remembrance Service, there was a Honor Guard and many fire fighters and policemen where there. I ran past them before the service and I thanked a couple of them. I hope they knew I was thanking them for so much more than letting me pass on the path. When I got back around they were just finishing up the moment of silence. One of the bloggers I follow wrote this today "On this day, Run to honor those whose feet no longer touch the earth, And now run with angels." I absolutely love it!! And I hope I did just that this morning!
One other bummer of the morning, was that my Nike sensor stopped working at some point at 5.28 miles and I'm not sure how long I ran before I noticed it wasn't working. I'm not sure what's up, that is the second time on a long run, it has stopped. Kind of a drag, because the Nike website sees them as different workouts so it counts the total mileage, but it doesn't count as my longest run. It's kind of hard to explain. Anyway, I need to figure out how to keep that from happening again, it's such a drag. So I'm not sure what the exact distance I ran this morning, but I think it was at least 11 miles. I actually hate not knowing exactly. But I need to get over that too. The second half of the run was much nicer than the first half.
It was a yucky run at first but I felt good at the end! I'm a little more sore tonight than I have been after other runs. It has been a pretty big learning curve for me. I like figuring out these things before the marathon though. It seems like with each run, I learn another do or don't. And I'm glad! I did ask my cousin Jessica about running the VT City Marathon in May as a relay and she said that she would run it with me!! YEAH!!! As I was on my run/walk this morning, I kept thinking about Uncle's favorite quote and the name of this blog. "It does not matter how slow you so long as you do not stop" And I didn't stop! I hope he is proud!!