Anyway, we walked for about a minute and a half, and then started running again...and ran all the way up "Harvey Hill"! You guys, back when I was doing my half marathon training, this hill kicked my butt more times than I can count, and I ALWAYS had a hard time getting up it without a little walking. Not only did I run the whole thing, but when we got to the top and turned the corner? I kept running. We'd been slowly gaining on two ladies, who we trail every long run. Jeff kept saying "they're half your age - look at how well you're doing!" and you know, that was pretty motivating, even for this non-competitive person. We caught up to them at the three mile marker, where the water and Gatorade was waiting for us. I stopped to walk for just a few seconds as I took out my
Just past mile four, I heard from behind a voice saying "Shelley, you're doing great!" - it was Kim, who had arrived after we'd all set off and had caught up to us (she's a speed demon!). She finished the run with Jeff and I - we chatted a bit about our outfits (you will see why in the picture below), and then mostly she and Jeff talked the rest of the way while I just tried to concentrate on getting to the finish...yes, I was getting tired, but I never stopped running. Go me! Five miles!!! And we weren't the last ones to finish, finally! Wheeeeeeee!!!
Kim and I in our Skirt Sports ensembles...both wearing Gym Girl Ultra running skirts and their Signature Tees - how fun!
I also wanted to mention that Jeff and I have been playing "race ya" during our short runs on Thursdays...basically we do a half mile warm up, and then pick a point (light post, trash can, statue, bridge), say "race ya to it" and then run as fast as we can to it. Great fun, and we've been getting in about 30 minutes of a combination of the warm up, the racing, and the walking-while-gasping-for-breath-afterward (OK, just me). I mentioned this to Helen in an email and she said we were doing "fartleks" (lolololol)(yes I'm an adolescent boy) and that they help you to increase your pace. It definitely increased the fun in our run, so there's that. At this point, I just want to run and enjoy myself...and lately, I've been pretty successful at that!