::Setting the Stage::
I was pretty down on myself on Sunday when I attempted my long run [8 miles]. After only two miles, the strong Okie winds had me beat. Literally. My calves were hard as rocks, and I just couldn't carry on. Defeated, I walked the two miles back home.
Last night's scheduled run was a 5-miler. I felt surprisingly optimistic when I got to the river trails and decided I'd go right, instead of left, and see how far the path went.
Great songs - check.
Beeboppy attitude - check.
No pain in my legs, my ribs or under my collar bone - check, check, check!
My favorite thing about running a new route is all the new sights to observe. Last night, I couldn't believe just how far the trail was taking me. I ran under the interstate I take to the airport -- and then I ran under a road that falls into the "I don't even know where that is" category. [For you Okies, those streets are MacArthur, Meridian, Portland, Council & Rockwell.] You might as well say Kansas. They feel that far away to me!
At one point on the way back, my shadow was directly in front of me - again, observations - and I just had to snap a pic at how disproportioned I looked. Where are my legs?! Who is this hip-heavy blob?! The second shadow pic is from last week. I call this my Gumby look. Looooong legs!
I had to fight my way through every step of the last 0.75 miles, but I did it! I did 8 miles [no walking or stopping] in 1 hour and 28 minutes. Squeal!!!
This is my new favorite spot in all of OKC -- it's the spot where I achieved 8 miles -- the longest distance I've ever run. This is the spot where I succeeded!
I also totally did a happy dance once I hit that 8 mile mark. I checked to make sure that no one saw me, but to be honest, I couldn't have cared less if anyone saw my embarrassing display of joy. I RAN 8 MILES!!!
Of course, I texted anyone that I thought might listen and shared my victory!
I've never felt such a need to express just how much something was NOT an April Fools' joke!!
As I walked back to my car, still on an adrenaline high, I was met with the most gorgeous sunset. So grateful for healthy legs to carry me through my training and glorious weather to enjoy during my run.