Saturday’s run: 10 miles, 1:56:50 (9:19 / 10:12 / 10:59 / 11:25 / 11:54 / 11:57 / 12:16 / 12:49 / 12:59 / 12:58)
That was my first run for double–digit miles in two years. Maybe more.
And it hurt.
Not necessarily because it was 10 miles, but more because it had been two weeks since my last longer run of 8 miles. With only one or two runs and a couple workouts in between. Not exactly my normal work load.
I felt good and refreshed, properly fueled, and ready to go. And also nervous.
The first 6 miles felt good! A dull ache started in my left knee within the first mile, but it wasn’t bad and I wanted to run. The compression socks kept the blood flowing in my legs for the entire time! I stopped to stretch out my calves a few times to keep them as loose as possible.
Some point around mile 3 or 4 I decided to stop looking at my watch. I didn’t have a time goal going in; I just wanted to make it through 10. It was perfect fall weather and I settled into a comfortable jogging pace and enjoyed the space around me. No pressure. Just me and the trail. And for most of those 6 miles I couldn’t keep the smile off my face if I tried.
It was lovely. Thank you, my first runner’s high ever.
After that, things went downhill. The knee wasn’t happy at all. What started as a subtle ache was becoming a sharper pain. I still felt strong – which actually surprised me – but I couldn’t stride out for a longer and faster stride. I had to keep the stride short and right under me to manage the knee pain.
Should I have stopped and walked? Yes. Do I regret finishing, even it was a (painful) jog? Nope. But ask me again once I get into the week’s workouts.
This run was more than just a run for me. It was a bit of a milestone. 10 miles. Double digits. A respectable long run.
Because as I’ve been blogging more, becoming more active on Twitter and continued my reading of other great blogs… I’ve been thinking about this question:
Is it a distance? Is it a speed? Is it about doing races? Or is it about consistency?
If I only spend 2 month each fall and 2 months each spring working through a training program, does that count? The rest of the year I’ll do shorter runs and focus on other workouts. So far, I’ve done training programs to improve, but don’t run the races. And I’m not fast.
Now, obviously, this isn’t a terribly important question. 🙂 It’s just been on my mind as more people have asked if I’m training for a marathon.
I’d love to know your thoughts! Runners and non, fitness peeps and not. I’m curious if there is a general consistency, or if we all have different thoughts.