The race is on May 5, so we have a tight training window. I would have preferred more time to train, but we really want to do this race, so we have about 11 weeks to prepare.
We did our first long run this past Sunday. We scheduled ourselves to do 9 miles. It was SUPER COLD out yesterday. Like, insanely cold!! It was about 17 degrees and windy.
This is me as we got ready to start the run. I am wearing 2 pairs of tights, my shorts, 2 longs sleeve shirts, plus my parka, my gloves, and a ski mask. And I still felt numb for most of the run.
About half-way through my entire phone just cut off. My Jillian Michael's podcast, my Nike+: gone. I actually handled it so much better than I have when this has happened in the past. In the past, it has pretty much ruined my run to lose my music. I thought for sure I was going to be dying on this run, because it was so grueling, especially running uphill, into the wind.
BUT, that didn't happen. I don't know if it was because I super motivated to have the run over and done with, but I actually sped up. And I felt great! Minus the mind-numbing cold, of course. We ended up running 1 more mile than planned, so finished at 10 miles, and I actually felt as if I could run an additional 3 miles to make it an even half.
It was a very interesting experience, that run. There were moments where I sort of hated life. My nose was a faucet, it was brutally cold, and Bob was so happy, which made it kind of even harder. Him with that big ole grin on his face! At one point, I was pretty sure I never wanted to speak to him again or anyone else on the planet for that matter.
But there were these other moments when my legs were just moving in such a complete rhythm and I felt like I was charging through space, charging the atmosphere. The fact that I felt like I could keep going at the end sort of made up for all of the times in the middle when I wanted to give up. I'm really not sure how in the world I'll do 26.2, but I'm really interested in finding out.
The thing is, I started to think about how the notion of building a base is something that can be applied to all areas of our lives.
We think of it in terms of running in the way that we can build a base upon which to train and progress. You log a certain number of miles and then from there you add to that, working up to achieve a certain goal.
Well isn't this something that we can do in so many areas of our lives? We build a base of knowledge in terms of technical or professional skills, whether it's educational degrees or hands-on, lived experiences. We hope to grow from there, to build on top of that in order to reach ever-evolving goals.
We also build a base in terms of our relationships, both within our own personal development and our interactions with others.
I don't really know where I'm going with this. It's just so interesting to me how so much about running translates into metaphors we can apply to our entire lives.
Yeah, just another reason why I love to run!
Leftover chicken pad thai -- rice noodles, thinly sliced chicken, sliced carrots & peppers, yummy sauce, topped with fresh cilantro and scallions. I inhaled this lunch! Also grapes and chickpea chocolate chip cookies.