Yesterday's run was more of a test of my mental strength than my physical strength, as some long runs can be. The group was only doing 7 miles (only 7 - you like that?), but I really needed to get in one last long run before San Francisco. So I set my goal for 12 miles - 7 with the group and 5 on my own.
I met the group at 5am and we headed out, but somehow we got distracted and turned around too early - as we were coming back into the parking lot we realized our mileage was short! So a small group of us decided to continue on and get in the planned distance. As we were out on that short catch-up run, one of our PGL's remarked that it took a lot of determination and commitment for us to keep running and pass the parking lot where others were stopping. Oh, how right he was!
After we finished the group run, I quickly hopped over to White Rock Lake where I had decided to get my final miles in - because if I was going to do it alone then at least I'd have a pretty run. The only problem with the White Rock Trail is that there's not a lot of shade along the waterfront, and since it was 7am when I was starting, the sun was already out in full force. There were also a ton of runners, walkers, and bikers out, so the trail was very crowded. Since the loop around the lake is 9.3 miles, I decided to do a 2.6 mile out-and-back.
It was so hot and the sun was just draining my energy with every minute - I don't think I passed a single mileage marker on the trail (every tenth is marked) without calculating how far the run would be if I turned around right then. But I pushed on, wanting to get my total planned miles, so I just kept reminding myself that it was as much mental as physical, and I could do it.
Then I got a much-needed boost when I was about a mile away from getting back to my car - a runner passed me and said "Good morning - looking good!" I was stunned for a second, because I'm pretty sure that I looked awful at this point, but I really appreciated his comment. So I told him "Thanks - you too" as he pulled away from me. It's amazing how a few simple words can really give you that last edge to get it done - and I did - finishing strong!
So my last long half marathon training run is done, and the race is two weeks away! Next week is a taper, and then we're there! Yay!!!
- Group Run:
- 6.78 mi; 1:34:19; 13:55 min/mi avg. pace
- Single Run:
- 5.23 mi; 1:12:17; 13:49 min/mi avg. pace