This past weekend, I ran my longest solo run ever. And I couldn’t be more proud of myself! 🙂
So I got up at a god awful early hour and was determined to get in 12 miles before my 11:30 am Bridal Shower Saturday.
I still have HUGE mental blocks when it comes to running. Especially when I have to set out to do it alone.
I’m not sure why after 2 years of running, 15 races run, and several huge running milestones reached that I have still have these barriers…but I do.
Saturday was the day I was going to break through them.
It literally took one foot in front of the other, and the mindset that I wasn’t going to stop until that clock reached 12 miles ran.
The first 5 miles flew right on by. I couldn’t believe how good I felt at that point.
Around mile 7 I actually ran into the Team In Training people. There is a whole new batch of TNTers training for the Nike Women’s Marathon next October.
Ahh…. can you believe that a year ago I was embarking on such an amazing adventure?
Remembering how I felt the first time I ran 7 miles, 10 miles, 12 miles etc with my team last year…actually really helped me get through my 12 mile run.
It reminded me that I whether I was running with a group or running alone, I could do this. And I just kept going.
I finished off my run in a record breaking (at least for me) 2 hours and 22 minutes!
I was actually quite surprised by this time, and know that a 2.5 hour Half-Marathon is DEFINITELY within my reach!
12 miles | 2:22:26
I’m pretty happy with these miles splits, and can see a HUGE improvement from last year.
When it comes to running mental blocks, my only advice is to push yourself through it.
I am not worried about running a double-digit run alone now, because I went out there and rocked it!
An update on my 30 days of being active… I’ve already had one set-back, which actually motivated me more to not miss another day.
- June 1: 60 minute body pump class
- June 2: 😦
- June 3: 45 minute hike
- June 4: 12 mile run
- June 5: 60 minute cruiser bike ride
I’m really really excited with the way June is shaping up already!
Happy Monday Friends!! 🙂