I am continuing to train for my half marathon May 15. I am working to go from Couch to Half Marathon in just ten months. In July, I began this journey with intervals of sixty seconds of running combined with ninety seconds walking for thirty minutes. Today, I ran ten miles. I ran for just under one hour and fifty eight minutes without stopping.
I am learning a lot about running, a lot about myself, and a lot about what I still need to learn. I'm developing preferences for gear and learning about the joys of black toe nails. I'm just beginning to figure out what to take in energy wise during a run. No matter what I've learned or still need to learn, today I ran ten miles.
I used Body Glide which I've learned to use faithfully not only between my still much-too-chubby thighs, but also on top, in between, and around all my toes. It has helped decrease, although not eliminate, blisters.
The water bottle was my newest purchase. I opted for a hand held instead of a belt because it was less expensive in case I don't like it, and I don't imagine liking stuff around my waist while running. We all know how I feel about plastic, but I thought that there was little alternative for a running bottle. I've since found a stainless option and plan on replacing my plastic one with it in the near future. In the pouch of the water bottle, I had a package of Clif Shot Blocks and Honey Stingers to try out as far as mid-run energy.
Finally, I use my Valor Essential Oil roll-on before all my races and longer runs. I've mentioned before how I use Young Living essential oils. I find it to be a grounding pre-run ritual. Valor is described as...
an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual's internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.
|The Pre-Run Picture|
I passed cows, sheep, goats, alpacas chickens, horses, and lots of groundhogs. I passed the Appalachian Trail, the New York state line, a really old cemetery, an apple orchard, and a couple bed and breakfasts. The views were breath taking. But, the ups and downs of the hills and the crazy wind took its toll on me. With three miles left, I was hurting. I was fighting with my desire to give up and walk with every hill I hit.
I thought I might actually fall over and die. I ran out of water around this point which was not good. I had used it to take energy at the 3, 4.5, 5.5, 7, and 8.5 mile marks. I took either one shot block or two honey stingers each time. Energy wise I felt okay. A couple of times I thought I might just burst into tears like when the wind kicked up again while I was climbing one of the steepest hills or when the truck driving by kicked up a piece of gravel that hit me smack in the middle of the forehead.
|Post 10 Miles.|
In the meantime, I'll enjoy the fact that I ran 10 miles today, something that I would have never imagined I'd do in my lifetime.... well that, and try not to move too much.