The run on Saturday was 4.5 miles and I'm happy to report that I made it to the end - the picture below was taken after we finished. I ran for a mile, then walked for a minute, times infinity. OK, not that long, but it began to feel like it, especially when I had to keep running beyond the mile markers that Coach Dale had set out, because I was actually covering a mile PLUS about 300 feet (for that minute of walking) - that started to mess with my mind a bit. So I think that for the next long run, I'll completely abandon any set walking breaks and just go with the flow and see how far I can push myself (mentally as will as physically, because no matter what, I usually want to stop running about 20 feet into it) before I need to take a quick breather.
As it was St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, I dressed for the occasion...would you expect anything less of me? Haha, I think not. Naturally, I wore as much green as possible - after the run Coach Jessica was standing next to me and observed that even my pony-tail holder was green...in fact, I was wearing green in seven places - can you pick out all seven (hint: I'm pointing to another)?
Warm enough to break out my running skirt, Casper-legs be damned, lol!
The pictures above show some of my favorite parts about running: we've just finished a long run, we're standing around for a little bit rehashing everything, my body is good and tired, I feel like I've accomplished something, and it's only 8:30 on a Saturday morning!