Time: 69min; Distance 7.12 mi
Sunday was the first day (ever!) that I ran 7mi - more than a 10k. I was a little nervous but headed out in the 80s and humidity to tackle it the best I could. I had the opportunity to borrow my mother-in-law's Garmin watch and it was awesome! It was too hot to run with the dog, so I was out by myself. After mile 1 I felt good, mile 2 still feeling pretty great. By mile 3 I was hot, but still felt on the better side of good. By the time I turned around (3.66 mi) I was tired, but happy to know I was half done. Around mile 4 I started to get "I have to pee" sensations and as silly as it seems, I did a lot of praying that it wouldn't turn into "find a bathroom now" sensations! lol. About mile 5 my ipod died. That made me realize how much I do appreciate having music when I run (even when I don't feel like it distracts me, it does). I managed to hit mile 7 before having to go back up the big hill I run down in the beginning. Walking up it made me happy - happier than running up it! By the time I walked back to the car, stretched a little and drove home I was hot, sweaty, tired and glad to be done. But I felt good the rest of the day.
Today I gained a new appreciation for my running spandex and learned an important lesson - don't run without them! This morning they were still damp from washing them when I was ready for my run (and since you shouldn't put them in the dryer) I opted to run without them. It was too hot to put on even my shortest pair of capri tights and I figured it was only 4.5 miles, I shouldn't have a problem. Well the last 1-2 miles were a little rough on my inner thighs. I learned my lesson and I won't run without them again.
Even though I feel like heck while running sometimes, I know that how I feel at the end is the real key to how successful I will be on race day. While I am getting sick of running 3-4 times a week and am getting anxious for race day - I am excited as well. More than half way through my training. 7 weeks down, 5 to go - and it will be here before I know it!