As you know from this post, I have been in a running and life rut. Sometimes I really do wish I could just disappear. Sometimes I wonder if anyone would even notice.
…so she can come back stronger and better and healthier than before. I need to give that to her and let her heal – from the physical and emotional scars of the last three months. Mind, body and soul, she has asked me for a break and I need to let her have it without feeling guilty or being upset about it. She deserves that. She’s been through quite a lot. I don’t need to keep beating her down. I’m done fighting her.
|I am in the white shirt and hat behind Duane.|
By then end of Mile 1, my knee was tightening up, protesting the hill, I slowed down and walked up the remainder of the hill where a water station was waiting. It was hot and we could see the moisture hanging in the air, it was thick and hard to breath. I sipped some water and Gatorade, resting my knee for a few moments.
And it was a G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S run! It was nothing special and it was slow – even for me, but it was awesome. I ended up running 6.55 miles in 1 hour and 39 minutes. I walked a few times, let my heart rate even out, hydrated often and pushed through. I was comfortable at the pace I was going, even with the heat. I had good friends and good conversation. I didn’t beat myself up over not staying with the front of the group. I just ran. Farther than I thought I could.
I actually signed up for the Emerald City Quarter in September I had such a good run. I wanted to run the Half, but the Quarter is something I know I can do. I’m not expecting any more than that right now, even though I am still training to run the Air Force Half in September.