“Don’t run away from challenges, run over them.” These words were spoken by a running great, Joan Benoit Samuelson, winner of the 1984 Olympic Games Marathon. In my last post I spoke about the fear of running 8 miles, even though I ran a marathon less than 6 months ago.
On Sunday I challenged myself to run 8 miles. I literally did run over them. I ran steady, I ran strong. My last mile was my fastest mile. It wasn’t an easy route, we tackled some steep inclines, but with the help of the Nike pacers and some lovely ladies I actually enjoyed running every mile.
Although it was a little rainy to begin with, it cleared up after 20 minutes or so to give us perfect running conditions – cloudy with a slight breeze. I did get a lot of funny looks when I turned up in shorts and a vest top (everyone else was in full tights and rain jackets), it must be the Londoner in me! Halfway through the run a few people came up to me to say they wish they hadn’t run with so many layers. I just get so hot when I’m running, I am the classic beetroot face runner.
Less than half a mile to go with this ‘sexy pace’ crew:
What was great about the route was firstly that it was point to point, and secondly that we were running in completely new territory for me. It was like a running tour of NYC. We ran through Central Park and a number of different neighbourhoods. I definitely know where to get some hill training in :)
For me, a long run is about putting in the miles, not the pace. So an average pace of 10″15 was perfect for me, as ideally in a half or marathon I would keep between 9″30 and 10″00 minute miles. I have to say the last mile downhill was a welcome relief after what seemed like a never ending hill.
At the end of the point to point route we regrouped with those running 20 miles (in preparation for the NYC Marathon). We were treated to the most delicious breakfast ever! It included a yoghurt and granola station, a fruit table and a doughnut stations, with wait for it… nutella doughnuts, peanutbutter doughnuts, cream doughnuts, chocolate ring doughnuts – I mean I was in heaven and definitely had too much to eat!
Running those 8 miles (well actually near 9) are exactly what I needed to get my running confidence back. Next step – sign up for a half marathon! Any ideas?
Zoe x #milesfitter