I couldn't believe it, I thought I had done 12 miles so I was flipping out when I did it in 2 hours but then I realized I had miscalculated my laps in this one neighborhood. But who cares I still ran the entire time! I didn't walk until I was in sight of my house which is only possible about .10 of mile out. I started crying around mile 6 because I realized I was back in the game and that doing the marathon was still very possible.
I am so happy to know that my wind and fitness level are still intact. I've been so scared these past few months that I was losing them since I couldn't run at the same level. This past month has been so hard on me because I have wanted this so badly. It's also been hard for another important reason, every time I have started a training or weight loss regime I have started out fine then hit a roadblock, become discouraged and quit. It's exactly what happened here, and it killed me because I had come so far in this endeavor. This has been the first time I've actually seen the results of my hard work, being able to run 7, 8, 9, 10 then 12 miles made me feel so accomplished. Then I moved home and felt as those I had smacked straight into a concrete wall. The quitter in my went to work and I allowed this speed bump to become an impassable mountain. My Mom recognized what was happening and that's why last Sunday she worked me over. I finally recognized what I was doing and decided to work with my challenge instead of raging against it.
I wanted to push for more mileage yesterday but didn't want to push it and hurt myself. It was so great not to have that energy crash a mile in. Instead of pushing it on one day I got up again this morning and ran 8 miles, which even though I slept in between the runs was hella hard! My hips and legs were very sore so going out running again was hard. Runner's World talked about ways to train for a marathon without a lot of time in your day, one of the suggestions was to spilt your long run over two days because it will tax your body the same as in one day. So Monday was 10 and today was 8 which is similar to an 18 mile run. Oh it felt like it too! It really made me understand what the 2nd half of this marathon is going to be like, painful! But I was very pleased with how I was able to push myself and make it comfortable and still ran over all the hills! So San Diego here I come!