Well, it worked! I ran to the law school and on the way there, I decided that I would run all the way up the hill on HWY 54...the one that I used as an excuse to walk during last week's run. I ran the entire way up and felt great about it...in spite of the fact that the wind was blowing directly against me...and not a cute little breeze, but actual wind :-(
Then, on the way back from the law school, there was an older couple waiting for the bus and they moved aside so that I could run past them. As I got closer to them, they said two words to me: "Good job!" I couldn't even believe it...these complete strangers were being so supportive for someone they didn't even know...it was really inspiring and helped me lengthen my stride a bit. Once I got to about 4.5 miles, I started getting really thirsty, so I ran in to the Rite Aid and bought a bottle of water and PowerBar Energy Gel Packets. This was exactly what I needed. The gel gave me the energy to push through and I kept going and felt strong the whole time. I actually thought I could have kept going when the run was over! 8.5 miles down in about an hour and a half! Longest run ever in my life!
When I got home, I decided to take an ice bath (well actually I had decided this before but actually decided to follow through with it when I got home). Ice baths are supposed to help with muscle inflammation and soreness. I just followed some instructions from online and drew a cold bath. I sat in the bath of cold water for 5 minutes and then dumped the bucket of ice in and sat for another 10 minutes. It was pretty brutal but I feel much better now. And now I'm writing this to you guys! I feel fantastic... I'm actually really looking forward to this half marathon now!
I am also feeling fantastic because I am starting to feel like I am accomplishing goals (I can fit into a size 2 again!). We had our law prom this weekend and I was finally able to fit into the size dress I have been aiming for! We had a wonderful time...danced the night away and just basically had the best time possible with our friends. I am so blessed to have such incredible people to share such a special night with :-) Love you all!!! You are all so supportive and are my inspiration!
Next up? 9 miles!!! We are getting closer to the goal! Less than 30 days until the big race! Can't wait...I'm actually starting to LIKE running...it's about time :-D
Here is the training schedule for this week:
5 m run
3 m run or cross
5 m run +
Rest or easy run