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15 Miles

There is no way that I would have done what I did today except that I had someone out there running with me. It was cold. It was windy, and at times it felt unbearable. I was feeling ok around 10.7 miles. I was feeling some  tightness in my right knee, but nothing too bad. The wind was so bad and cold, but the under armour helped tremendously.  However, as we started that last 3.5 mile loop, I starting feeling it bad. Half way through the last loop, I was struggling bad. As in super bad, as in I'm not sure I can walk back much less run. I stopped and stretched. I'm not sure that it helped, but I told myself to keep moving. I would tell myself, what was coming up and just make it to that. I knew I had to make it the parking lot, then the trail, then the overpass and then the sign and I would be there. With each milestone, I would look for the next until finally I could see the sign.  I have never been so happy to see a sign.  My first 15 miles. It wasn't easy, it wa

11.5 Miles

Today was my first Sunday Long Run with my new running buddies. One lady wasn't able to make it so there was just two of us today. I was a little nervous because I knew she wanted to run 15 miles. I would love to run 15 miles, but I didn't feel that I was quite able to do that just yet. Since my hip injury, my longest run has been 8 miles so far which was last weekend. And my longest run ever has been 11.1.  We started off at a fairly fast pace - or fast for me anyway. At 4 miles, our time was around 33-34 minutes. No wonder my lungs felt like they were going to explode! I wasn't sure how I was going to make it through the rest of the miles. Thankfully when we hit the hills we slowed the pace some, and I was able to catch my breath (a little). I guess now would be a good time to mention that my new running buddy is in her early 50's and she kicks rear. I know that she was slowing it down for me today.  After the 3.1 mile loop of hills, my body was screaming, but I

Mid Morning Run

I can't really say that I was totally hyped up to go run today. But I felt that I needed to get a run in. I was just too tired yesterday to do it. But I only had one run in this week. So I ran 3.7 today. I had a fairly decent pace, and was worn out by the end of the run. So it felt good. I am going to be running this weekend with the new running buddy that I ran with earlier this week. She plans to run 15 miles. My longest distance has been 11 and that was months go. I would like to run the total distance with her, but I'm not so sure at this point. I imagine I can find a path to cut back through to find my way back to my car (that is if my directionally-challenged self can find my car again).  We'll see what Sunday brings

8 Mile Run

I went for an 8 mile run today. It was misting rain and chilly. With the hip issues, I probably shouldn't have run the hills, but I didn't want to have to drive somewhere to then run. Around mile 2, I could feel myself struggling. I knew I had a long way to go if I wanted to complete the loop (which consists of running up part of Peter's Mountain). I turned the music up on my ipod and pushed through it. I didn't know how far I had gone because I changed my route mid run. I was happy and surprised to discover that I had gone farther than what I had originally thought. I knew my feet were cold and wet, but I didn't realize just how wet. My feet were SOAKED, and I was really chilled. My fingers were so cold that I had a hard time taking my shoes off. But I'm pleased with myself. I am still slow though. I ran a 10:40 pace for 8 miles. My hip hurts, but not as bad as I anticipated.  I'm glad I was able to get it in today.