Monday, November 11, 2013


The ten miler before work on Sunday?


I did it!  I was pretty happy.  I wanted to go into work, chest all swelled up, and say "hey, guess what I did before work this morning?  I ran 10 miles.."  but of course I didn't, because they all think I am crazy anyways.

I know there are many other people who also get 10 mile runs in before work (and probably much faster than me!).  I was very happy to get both my seven and ten mile runs in on my work weekend.

Last winter, the coach had sent me a week schedule, with either an 8 or 10 mile run scheduled for either Saturday or Sunday, also on a work weekend.  I had emailed him back that I could not do that. I could not see how I could fit the run in, time wise, and then also have the energy to get through a work day.

The coach was fine with that, he said then run 6 or 7 miles, whatever.

Faced with this past weekend with the 7 and 10 miler, I am very pleased I got past the mental mindset that " I can't do that". After becoming a very consistent runner, and even better time management planner on running/working long days, I did not view the 7/10 weekend as a huge hurdle; it was more the mindset to have my lunch packed, my clothes ready, and to figure out what time I need to wake up in the morning.

Most of the ten mile run was in the valley, then I have to climb out of the valley back up to the ridge line.  I was wet from sweat, so when the wind gusts hit me on the top of the hill I got chilled immediately.  I glanced at my watch as I passed the neighbor's mailbox: 9.97 miles 1.58 hour.

You better believe I sprinted that last distance!

10.01 in 1.59.08

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