As a lot of you know I have a half marathon coming up in just a few short weeks. I have been training really hard. This is not my first half but I decided to take the advice of a few runner friends of mine and do a couple really long runs to not only get the miles on my legs but to really challenge myself. As I had told you before I struggle with my mental strength in running more than anything so this was a good way for me to show myself that I AM strong and capable of so much more than I give myself credit!
When I long run I don't worry about time just distance. I'm just out there to put miles on my legs. I try to keep my pace some where around 30 secs to a min slower than my race pace but really just keep myself moving forward. I don't listen to music either which I know is strange but running is my time to really talk to God and look around and notice things I normally wouldn't. We live in a suburb but in just a few short miles I can be out in the middle of the country. There are always new houses and views!
I have a typical long run route but as my miles keep going up I have really struggled with how to get the miles I need. On this particular run I was supposed to run 15 miles. My normal route sets up well for about 10 but anything over that I have to repeat part of the run or run around our neighborhood which I find really boring. So my wonderful husband (who grew up in this area) checked out a map and showed me a pretty easy route that would get me pretty close to 15! It was really nice to have a new route and see new things. One of the things I saw was this cemetery that had a tank in it. I'm assuming there were some military buried there but I didn't stop to read the sign. Just a quick stop to grab a picture!
I always love to take a runfie (a running selfie) when I get back that explains how I felt either during the run or directly after. I think this picture explains exactly how I felt after this run. The run itself felt pretty good too. But this "OH MY GOSH YEAH!" face sums up how I felt! So I ran 15 miles in 2:55:54 total. My average pace was 11:43 which isn't too bad for a run that long. I am pretty happy with how my training has gone this year. I struggled a bit at the end of this run. Something about 14 miles I got really upset and frustrated feeling like I was still so far from home and was just struggling. But as soon as I crossed the major road that leads me home I got a second wind or something and finished strong.