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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Mind over Matter

How does that expression go, "It's all mind over matter" or something like that? If you would have told me I was going to run 8 miles today, I never would have believed you, but I really did it! I think that is the longest distance I have ever run. I met a new "running buddy", Amy, at 3:30 with no great expectations, but it turned into an absolutely wonderful run. I'm still beaming right now, as I think about it. When we set off for our run, Amy asked me how far I wanted to run for, and I said I was flexible and it was up to her. (Of course her comment, "I could run forever" didn't hit me until the end of the run, when I was beat and she was still going strong--way to go Amy). :)
We ran for 5 miles at a really good pace and then took a quick ride across the road to finish up with another 3 miles, a little slower. It was my first time on the Air Line Rail Trail and I instantly fell in love with it. The trail was primarily flat and shaded, with bright green vegetation surrounding us. (And do to the fact that it rained for the past two days, it was a little adventurous running through mud puddles.) :) I can't wait to go back!

Time: 1:15.49 (this includes two times we stopped to tie shoe laces and a quick break when we tuned around when the mud started overtaking the trail)
Miles: 8
Results: a wonderful run, no pains/no problems. I can't believe how quickly the time passed, most likely because I wasn't worried about my pacing or miles or time, I was just running to enjoy a run and of course chatting with a friend make the time fly! :)

4 comments:

Kia said...

8 miles---way to go April!!!! Keep it up. Isn't it amazing that you can run 8 miles and not be dying? You should be so proud of your training. Also, AWESOME job finishing your race with a new PR...keeping a pace of 8 min miles for 5 miles during a race is incredible. You are still a great inspiration for me. I love reading your blog!!!

Lafe said...

Good job on the 8 miles! Way to go! Sounds like the kind of run that re-affirms why we started this activity in the first place.

Richard said...

Congratulations! Someone once told me that this was part of the magic of being a first-time runner, and I do agree. Being able to hit distance PRs really rocks.

Anonymous said...

Nice job! I agree that distance PR's are one of life's sweeter accomplishments. Before you know it, you'll be thinking that that 8 miles is nothing! (Okay, so 8 miles is never 'nothing', but comparatively speaking, you know. :) -Dani, dani@manyfires.com, http://manyfires.diaryland.com