Sunday, April 29, 2012

Anxious Run

This week I completed my 15 mile run -- my longest run ever! My legs felt great, my pace was on target and there was a cool breeze pushing me to the end. I knew I could do the distance after my 14-miler two weeks ago. And yet, I was anxious the whole time... anxious that I would have to go to the bathroom. 

A few weeks ago, someone asked me how I could run for so long... "Don't you have to stop?" Ever since, I've been worrying about it. I've got many long runs to look forward to this summer for marathon training. I don't want to be uncomfortable, embarrassed, anxious, etc. That can't be good for my training. 

My 15-miler was a huge victory for me. I still can't believe I could run that long. I did have to stop once and I think it was more of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Also, a bathroom happened to be conveniently located along the run.

I guess I figured, "Why not?" ;-)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Destination Run - Portland, ME

This weekend, I traveled to Portland, Maine for a quick get-away weekend. I did a 10 mile run around Portland, sticking mostly to the trail system that goes around and through the city. There were tons of people out running, walking and biking. Portland seems to be an active and artsy community. That's why I enjoyed my visit! 

This is a view across Back Cove in Portland on the Back Cove Trail. A little cloudy but it made for a great run. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Big Announcement!!

It is with great excitement and great anxiety that I am announcing my official registration in the Cape Cod Marathon on October 28, 2012! I've been debating over which marathon to choose and it was down to Bay State in Lowell or Cape Cod. My gut told me to go with the Cape, but I was worried about the slightly hilly course in the last half. However, Cape Cod is a beautiful place to run and a smaller field size. I think it was the right choice.

So far, my half marathon training has gone smoothly. I've gotten up to 14 miles and will hit 15 in a couple of weeks. The Boston Marathon was this past week and the heat was an awful thing for the runners. All of their hard work and training was a wash because the heat was demanding and overpowered even the best runners. I'm praying that the heat will hold off until after my May race.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Why Run #4

The true measure of a runner isn't in time, but rather in the effort it took along the way. 
- Jenny Hadfield 
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