This past weekend, I somehow accomplished a 12-miler with the Oklahoma City Running Club: Landrunners at The River Trail on the Oklahoma River. This isn’t something new for me. I’ve run a few half-marathons before, so knowing that I’ve done it before sort of gave me the confidence I needed to be able to run on Saturday. I ran with my faithful and positive friend Heather and her husband. Without the encouragement and ‘go-getter’ attitude of Heather, this journey would be much harder to accomplish. I highly recommend finding a committed friend to run with if you are aiming for 10 miles or more. Otherwise it might get a little boring depending on your course.
My leg was still bothering me this week (read more about that here). However I decided to go ahead and try to run the distance and just go a slower pace. Generally I can at least maintain a 10 minute pace overall up to 13 miles in a race (past that, I don’t know since I’ve never run that far). So this week I deliberately ran slower and tried to pace myself at the same slow pace the whole way through. Pacing myself really helped my leg to not flare up for a while. While it started hurting (and I probably should have quit) at mile 2, I kept going because I really don’t want to give up on striving to run the marathon this year. So my leg did okay for the 12 miles. Please note: I really don’t recommend this for those of you just starting to run.
When I run, I am pretty faithful to using the MayMyRun App for the iphone (screenshot above). This is a great way to track your time and plan your runs. I love it because I see running as a story. Running is something I’ve learned to love because I know it is good for my heart health and makes me feel better about life. So when I see that I’ve built up my distances to become greater over time and realize that one day I can run a marathon, I am encouraged to think I can achieve a huge life goal. And when you can achieve a huge life goal, that’s a pretty big deal. I think I will feel at that point like nothing is impossible! It’s funny how running used to be something I hated. Now running is a way for me to tackle the small things; it’s therapeutic; it’s my ‘me time.’ If I can run a mile, then I can get through a tough day; or if I have a tough day, I can run a mile and get the stress out. If I can run a marathon, maybe I can encourage others with my story.