Today I set out to do 18 miles, as I am doing a 5k on Sunday and wanted to go into that race with "rested" legs. It took me about 2 hours to get moving. Do you ever have those days where you know you have to run and you don't dread the actual run as much as the time it is going to take? Today was that day.
I could not get off Twitter this morning. I was wasting my morning away avoiding heading out into the cold. Finally I decided to look for an audiobook, maybe that would help me get out the door. First of all, iTunes, you charge way too much to download a book! I payed $25 to download Hunger Games. This frustrated me a bit as I already have Hunger Games downloaded to my Nook, but I have had the hardest time getting into the actual book, so I figured what better way to get into it than listen to it for 3 hours straight.
After I downloaded the book, I finally left my house for the trail. I drove to the Nashua River Rail Trail which is a 10 minute drive from my house. I call this my trail as I have spent so many hours and miles on this trail. It is 11 miles long in one direction, so I figured I could just run and zone out to my book. I start 3 miles up the trail so that I could run in one direction, run back, refill my water, and run the other way.
There is no need to give a play-by-play, this run was HARD! I managed a 9:07 average pace for the entire 18 miles but my legs felt like lead for the last 10 miles. The book was a welcome distraction, and I kept reminding myself that I am supposed to hurt and running on tired legs was good training. I honestly do not know how I finished with such a good pace, but I do know that as soon as I stopped, I started crying. UGH! I wasn't in pain, I was just plain tired and I almost think the tears were tears of relief that I was done. In the past 7 days I have run 76 miles. That is what happens when you slip two long runs into one week. 76 miles. I am so proud of my body that it did what it did today. And it is worth it when I looked at these pictures from last year's Disney Marathon today.