10 Miles Baby! I can not believe it that I actually did it but this morning I got up and headed out. To start out I wasn't really sure I was mentally up for the run but I just decided I would get as far as I could. 4 miles in I was feeling AMAZING! I knew that today would be the day that I would run 10 miles. Today was also one of those days where you could feel the pay off from all the work you've been doing. The run out to Eagle-Vail was a bit uphill but I tell you I could barely feel it. I also ran way more of this run than I did my 9 mile run. I allowed myself 2.5 hours for the run but shockingly I finished the run in exactly 2 hours! That means I ran each mile in 12 minutes which for such a long run is a great pace.
During the run I couldn't believe how good I felt. My hip flexors got tight so I would stop to stretch them but other than that I never felt like I was dying throughout the whole thing. Just a few months ago I was sitting around thinking about how excited I was to get to running 10 miles and how amazing it would feel to hit that mile marker. When I started this blog running 4 miles at home was brutal and now here I am 6 months later running 10 miles and it felt like a breeze. This whole experience has been an amazing lesson in discipline for me. I've never been a very well disciplined person. Especially the past 5 years of my life, I've been wanting to do an Ironman since I was 21 years old but I've allowed life to interrupt my training a lot. Now I see what I am capable of, I have doubted for a long time whether or not I would really ever be able to do something like this. I don't have doubts anymore about what I can do.
This past year I allowed someone to break my spirit and make me doubt myself again. This marathon is my way of showing myself just how important I am and how important my wants in life are to me. You can't break me again, and you'll never catch me.
I actually ran up the hill by my apartment in the last 1/2 mile that I normally walk after my shorter runs! So Mr. Rainman stick that in your pipe and smoke it!
I now am going to purchase myself a full body massage as a reward for my efforts as well as some tape for my feet because now I'm starting to get blisters on my toes! Pretty soon I'll start a photo album like Jocelyn's!
I also got some great news at work, I've won an award called "The Spirit of Beaver Creek." It's very hard award to get and you have to be nominated for it. It's like the equivalent to an Employee of the Year Award. So I get to go to a banquet and I now have a chance to win an all expense paid trip to Cancun! Literally they whisk you off the day after the season ends and you fly to Cancun to an all inclusive resort with $500 in spending money. Should I get this trip I would get to take one person with me from here, it's so exciting because I would LOVE to get this trip it is so needed!
Anyways so today, is an awesome day I feel amazing I spanked 10 miles and can't wait to spank that marathon baby!