So...today I completed my first 10-miler! Yes! I am thrilled to have that under my belt. I did 9.5 2 weeks ago, but 10 just seems like a big number. I am so happy to have cleared that hurdle.
It rained all morning. At lunch time I was getting ready for my run and it was still pouring. I decided that I had a better chance of completing 10 miles in the rain, rather than on the treadmill in the basement. I threw my water-resistant windbreaker on over my clothes, grabbed an extra shirt and took off for the trail. The trail that I like to run at used to be a railroad track that was paved over. It is usually full of other runner, walkers, bikers, etc. It is usually very busy and all of the people/scenery keep things interesting. When I got to the parking lot, which is usually completely full, there was only 1 other car. But, as I got out of the car the rain stopped. I was lucky that it didn't rain at all my entire run.
The run took me 2 hours, 4 minutes and 32 seconds. My legs feel very tired now, but not painful. I am taking tomorrow off and then will do an easy run on Monday. My 10K is Saturday, so this will be an easy week for me. After the 10K my racing season is over for the year. I hope to do my first half-marathon this spring. Only a few months ago that seemed like an impossible task. As of May, my longest run was 4 miles. It is amazing what can be accomplished in just a few months.