|Ten miles, done!|
As we took off and got warmed up, I felt better fast. I was keeping a good pace and just felt good. I talked and talked. Tonya was tired from being sick last week and wasn't so talkative. We decided to loops around town rather than a out-and-back, so up Safeway hill we went. I was expecting to go slow and steady, but felt so great, I held a great pace the whole way up. I just couldn't believe it. As we got up on the hill there were wild turkeys. Tonya said, "there are sooooo many, we need to be careful." I was thinking, "ok, whatever (I only saw four)" As I looked up, there they were, at least 25 wild turkeys swanking at us...ahhhh! Okay, now I know what Tonya was talking about! We went slow by the turkeys and they didn't eat us!
|new running shoes|
At about mile 8.5 we came around to Denton and she had had enough....Tonya said, "just go." I knew what she was feeling. I have often told her to "just go" out on long runs. You see, sometimes you have a good day, and sometimes a not so good day. You just never know until you get out and give it a go. The thing I find so interesting is how crummy I felt getting up and then how great if felt once I got out and ran. Sometimes we miss out, simply because we don't go!
After my last half marathon the end of October I went through about a month long runners slump. It has happened to me before, but I never remember it being so bad. I would go out for a run and just not be able to go, or just go really slow and feel horrible. I would just want to cry, it was not fun. A couple things kept me going...1) I knew the slump would pass, just had to say consistent and cut back some till it passed. 2) knowing that Tonya was meeting me...can't let a friend down!
About two weeks ago it did pass. I knew when I went out that day it was over. I finally felt good and have felt good out running ever since. My speed is back up and I'm ready to start marathon training again. Guess my body needed a break. I didn't realize it but when I added it up, it made sense to have a slump... May' 10, Hippie Chick Half Marathon, October '10 Portland Marathon...June '11 Newport Marathon...August '11 Hood to Coast (major hill training)...October '11 Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon...November/December running slump. That's a lot for my body in the last year-and-a-half...but it was all good!
This year I am doing only two major races and maybe a few "fun runs." January 28th is Tonya's birthday, so I signed us both up for a Run Wild 10k in Salem. It's a trail run and we are hoping for lots of mud!
Thanks Tonya for letting me talk your ears off this morning!