I think by now you all know me pretty well, and won't be surprised by this:
Ten fingers for TEN miles
Yep. I did it. Now, I will say that I was feeling mostly good on Friday, and figured I'd give it a try on Saturday, but I really didn't plan on going the distance. I checked our route and had a couple of drop out points planned, where I could easily end the run and get back to the park. We started out and immediately I could tell that I was not up to my normal running ability - namely, my legs felt like Jello. I think we ran about a mile and a half and I told Jeff that I needed to walk a bit; we ended up doing the run/walk thing the remainder of the way. I will say that after mile 3, when I had my first GU, my legs began to feel closer to normal, but I didn't see any point in killing myself over this run, so we continued to take it easy. And as it turns out, we ended up leapfrogging back and forth with two women who also had been out due to illness, so it didn't feel like we were complete slackers out there.
The weather was awful...seriously, Texas - give us a break! We ran through your stinking hot summer; the least you could do is reward us with some cooler mornings. But no...it was 93% humidity and 71 degrees when we started - ugh. Except for my shoes not being soaking wet, I swear I was as drenched after this run as I was when we ran 9 miles in the pouring rain! When we got back to the park, everyone was wiped out. These conditions can really beat a runner down.
One bonus I noticed from not running for a week is that my arch pain/tendonitis was nearly non-existent. Rest IS recommended as the cure for tendonitis, and hey - hopefully this did the trick...or at least gave me a reset back to a better starting point. The top of my foot is still touchy as ever, but I think that's how it's going to be until I get it fixed.
And now, the prize: I've had a new pair of Newtons - a special edition hot pink color, sitting in my closet for over a month now - they were a limited release, and I really wanted these shoes, but didn't quite need them yet. So we decided that they would be my reward for reaching the 10-mile mark in training...and on Saturday, I earned them! They are the same style as what I've been wearing, but it's amazing how bouncy new shoes feel! I wore them on a run with Jenny yesterday:
I do believe these are the flashiest shoes I've ever owned!
Jenny and I met at a different park - we're kind of bored with our usual Tuesday spot. We set out running, but I could tell that I'm still not at 100% - my legs were just not quite there. So we ran and walked for a couple of miles, and then the running felt better, so we ran and walked some more - we ended up covering over 5.5 miles!
Tomorrow morning I'll run two miles with Erica in what should be decently cool weather, and then I'm looking forward to (yes, I said it) another 10 miles on Saturday.