This is the longest run I've done to date FOR THIS TRAINING program. I've run a half marathon before... 2 years ago, actually. And I regularly run Bay to Breakers (a 12k, so over 7 miles). But since starting this training program the runs have been short! Also, for today's run I'd be running alone in my new city on unfamiliar routes.
What that means is I had to do some mental gymnastics to get myself out the door. I plotted my route (and promptly deviated from it), made sure I knew how much time it should take, thought about how excited Lauren would be to hear that I ran (better, L?), ensured Noah was home in case I needed to bail, and set out.
Needless to say, I was fine. I was never lost, and felt comfortable if a little aerobic-ly strained. I spent the hour it took me to run my 5 miles listening to an interesting podcast (The Good Life Project), and was pleased when I made the distance at a faster pace than was expected (11'30" instead of 12'30" per mile).
The goal, presently, is to run a personal marathon in Davis on May 6. Lauren has plotted the mileage for me already.
I am currently recruiting people to run portions of the route for me. If you are going to be in Davis on May 6 and are interested in participating in some or all of this venture with me, let me know!
I'm shooting for the right balance of levity and determination. In all things, really, but especially with running 26.2 miles all at once.