Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mile 9 & Tea Time

I continue to be amazed at just how far my legs can take me. Yesterday morning I conquered nine miles and can't believe that my 10 miler is just one week away.

At first I was a bit apprehensive about this run because I didn't get in the amount of mileage that I wanted during the week. Also I have been doing my long runs up and down Grove Avenue in Richmond which is a flat, straight course, and yesterday I ran back home at my parents house. This meant running in a rural neighborhood and also LOTS of hills. Which I guess was good preparation considering this 10 miler is supposedly super hilly.

It was a nice change of scenery and there was something fitting about running in the neighborhood I grew up in while also listening to "Summer Hits of the 2000s" on Pandora. Clutch. I thought a good deal about how I never could have ran this far when I was in high school. In gym class I could barely make a B for our timed mile run and here I was whizzing past my high school on my nine mile jaunt. Take that!

After mile seven I honestly felt like I was on autopilot. My legs just kept on going it almost felt easier to keep chugging along than it would have been to stop at that point. Such a weird feeling.

I'm pumped to be so close to race day and actually feeling pretty ready. I know that the course is going to be pretty tough but I've realized that my mindset is such a major part of conquering these longer runs. I have some mad pep talks with myself when I even have fleeting thoughts about stopping. I can't wait to get my new polish to celebrate the milestone!

Somehow I wasn't completely wiped like I usually am after my long runs which was good since I was back in my hometown for one of my best friend's bridal shower. It was one of the most adorable showers, I felt like I had stepped into a Pinterest picture! Her sister, and MOH, threw the shower which was an afternoon tea and there were many little details that made it so special.
Wedding festivities to celebrate my friends is definitely getting me more excited for our wedding. Now that we finally took engagement pictures and are starting to do some real planning it's getting much more real. The joy and awkwardness of a long engagement.

Hope y'all savor the rest of this weekend!


Charlotte said...

Congrats on 9 miles - that is seriously awesome! It's weird how long you can keep running if you keep your doubting mind quiet!

Megan C. Stroup said...

Woo! Awesome run! I just started running in July and I love those days where I don't even want to stop. (Although they are few and far between haha.)

Also, how long have you been engaged? I've been engaged since May and we haven't even set a date yet haha, so it will probably be at least a 16-month engagement!