This training run had been taunting me ever since I first made out my training plan back in June. “I’m going to run 20 miles… all by myself.”
I was kind of dreading it Friday night, and definitely took extra time getting out of the door Saturday morning, because it seemed so daunting even though it was only 2 miles more than what I ran two weeks ago.
That mentality carried itself with me for the first 6 miles or so – I just kept thinking, “I have so many miles left.” I have always been an independent runner but 3+ hours of running can get a little lonely! It was also really cold – about 36 degrees when I started at 8 a.m. It took me awhile to get out of my mental funk, and I figured that once I passed the halfway point, I would have a brighter outlook.
The last five miles were the toughest, with the final two seeming to last forever! But as soon as I finished, I felt great! My legs were screaming but the feeling of accomplishment is high 🙂
P.S. Love my Brooks “Run Happy” shirt but it chafed my neckline pretty badly! I would say save this one for shorter runs. Seriously!