I knew you all believed I could run 16 miles, but I definitely did not do it alone. 🙂
Saturday morning I set out to run my longest distance run since last October.
At the start of my run I ended up running through a 10k race (the wrong way) which motivated me to run a wee bit faster than normal so I didn’t get trampled. I did end up seeing Cynthia all decked out for the Athena race on my way through the chaos.
Once I made it through all the racers I kept a very steady and great pace for me. I didn’t take one stop break until I reached the 10k mark. Six miles in a little over an hour is rocking for me! 🙂
I powered through my run until I hit the half way point of 8 miles. I still felt amazing at this point.
It was then I was greeted by a much needed visitor...Destination 26.2 DAD!
He so lovingly agreed to meet me at the half-way point and ride next me for the last half.
I knew 16 was going to be tough for me and any motivation (and extra water) was going to be crucial to me finishing this run.
We did stop for a quick photo by the Diversion Dam. Had to get a picture of the damn dam ya know!
And to be honest, I’m still in amazement I ran this far out. This dam is definitely on the way out of town.
I seriously ran to the dam and back! Crazy sauce!
I still managed to keep a steady pace until around the 10 mile point.
I’m pretty sure that I ran too fast the first half, and now I was paying for it. So I started to slow down a bit.
Destination 26.2 Dad kept a constant stream of encouragment throughout my run though. It was so needed and appreciated!
And he even walked his bike next to me when I had to take longer walk breaks.
Around the 14 mile point, I was in excruciating pain. The heat was starting to get to me, and my hip flexors and calves were screaming.
But I was still 2 miles away from my home, so there was nothing to do but run/walk the rest of the way home. (There was more walking than running those last 2 miles).
But WE did it!
16 freaking miles in 3.5 hours! I don’t even care that it took me so long to do it, it’s the fact that I finished.
And I know I would not have made it without the support of my dad riding next to me!
I told him I would buy him lunch and an iced cold beer if he let me sit in my “ice bath” for just a few minutes at the end of the run.
Well after riding his bike at the slowest speed possible for 2.5 hours I was going to buy him lunch anyways.
The icy cold river water definitely helped me feel better after this crazy long run.
And so did the delicious iced cold beer. Mmmmm!
This 16 mile run was dubbed The Sweetest 16 not because it was my best run ever, but because of the best company ever. (THANK YOU DAD!)
I am so proud of myself for accomplishing this run. For some reason it was haunting me every day up until I just did it.
But it sure helped to have one of my biggest fans out there cheering me on when it got tough.
Happy Running friends!