26.2 miles in 2:08:01. I'm impressed!!!
"I wanted to win this medal" - that's what Stephen Kiprotich, winner of the men's marathon at the Olympics, said afterward in an interview. Oh how I could relate to that! Of course, in that particular race, not everyone gets a medal at the finish line like they do in the marathon/half marathon races here. But the sentiment is similar - getting a prize at the end after doing something very difficult is what most of us want...it's the proverbial icing on the cake, and a nice reminder for years to come, of a big accomplishment.
Jeff and I are going to try and earn medals together for the first time on November 11th - we signed up to run the San Antonio Rock and Roll half marathon! I'm excited...I've always wanted to do a Rock and Roll race, and we used to live in San Antonio, so this will be extra special. We were scheduled to do a 12 mile run with our running club that weekend, so we figure that the extra 1.1 will be no big deal...hah! No, the whole race is going to be a big deal, but we are planning on having fun and enjoying the RnR atmosphere, and crossing the finish line with smiles on our faces, and then driving home with medals around our necks.
Saturday's 5 mile run went much better than the previous week, although I my legs were pretty spent around mile 4 - normally, I can honestly say that my head is telling me to stop but my legs actually feel fine. This time, my legs were tired. I guess that is to be expected, though - after all, I just ran 4 miles. Jeff was feeling the run, too, which makes me think the heat was making it harder than normal. I kept repeating my "forward momentum" mantra to myself for that last mile, and soon enough, we hit 5 miles and were done - whew! Ice-cold washcloths were waiting for us - I swear, after a long run I'd gladly pass up just about anything to get to those washcloths!
Shoes off, washcloth on...beginning to feel human again.
We had our last official hill workout yesterday - speed work at the track is now on the schedule. I doubt I'll make many of those, as I am not a fan, but we'll see...after actually making all 5 of our hill workouts - something I never thought I'd do - I've learned to never say never when it comes to running.
Speaking of hills, I was quizzing Erica about the San Antonio RnR race course (she ran it a couple of years ago), and she said "there's a hill at the end, but it's mostly just an annoyance" - I love that attitude and plan on adopting it. Hill? Just an annoyance. Like a pesky gnat. Nothing to get all worked up about. I believe that looking at hills as an annoyance, rather than my standard "OHMYGODIT'SAHILL" will serve me much better, don't you?
This coming Saturday we have 6 miles on schedule. All I have to say about that is YIKES!
Finally, this sums up how I feel every time my alarm goes off at 4:45 am so I can get up and run early to beat the heat(which is a misnomer since it's always hot...I guess we're beating the sun?):
Yep. Looking forward to the short few months where I don't have to run in the dark in order to avoid heatstroke!