|Letting Megatron stretch his legs post-run. No playground nearby? That's ok, he's content to climb on anything available including the stroller and park benches.|
|Just trying on mama/s sweaty running shoes. Never mind the fact that I'm not wearing pants...I was really hot after our run!|
|Why does mama keep dragging me out of bed to meet up with these crazy people?!|
Now that my long runs are over 8 miles though, I feel bad making him sit that long. So I've had to do my last 2 long runs on a weekday because that's when The Pilot was home. And even more insane for me is that I'm knocking the miles out EARLY so I can get home, cleaned up and spend time with my boys. The Pilot is hardly getting any days off so when he's home, I don't want to run out the door and be gone for hours at a time. I want the three of us to be together. So this week I did my 10 miler at 5 am. I was done before Megatron even woke up. I did 4 miles with another mama and then when she needed to head home to get ready for work, I set out to finish the last 6 on my own. I will say, the only other times I've watched the sun come up while running was during the Disney races. Granted the sunrise in Central Ohio isn't quite as magical as the sunrise over Cinderella's Castle, it was kind of fun to watch my little town wake up and start its day.
That 10 miler gave me a huge confidence boost as I head into the home stretch of training for this second attempt at a "big time" PR. While my splits were all over the place (like usual), I held it together and never really hit a wall. I do think my perspective on long runs has changed. Now rather than it being something I have to do, I look at it as a great time to get some me time. Normally I start slow and then pick up the pace around mile 3 or 4. For my 10 miler though, I did the first 4 miles with someone faster than me. Obviously we went out too fast for me and I kept slowing down. Then I had a recovery mile once I struck out on my own, and then I found my groove again.
|Why yes, I always look this happy when pushing 50 pounds of toddler and stroller while I run. ;)|
Hopefully I can keep this up as I head into another 10 miler and hopefully at least one 12 miler. Then it will be time to taper...which means I will lose my mind and think I'm losing all my speed and I will cry when it hurts to do 4 miles. ;)
|Post run selfie!|