This morning was the first time that I have gone longer than a 10k before work. I have been trying to work my miles back up to pre-half weekly distances, but a busy work and life schedule has made this difficult for me.
I will be at a work related training seminar all day Saturday so I knew I wouldn't get much of a run in if any. I decided to hit the road at the normal 5:00 AM time and to try to go a bit further. Mind you that I have not run further than a 10k since my Half Marathon so I was not sure how this would go. The run went really good even though I was trying to talk myself out of the last two miles much of the run.... especially when my battery died in my mp3 player at mile 4. I went the full 8, and the last two felt the best.... what a great feeling!
I do have to add, the last half mile was probably all on adrenaline. When I was coming up on 7 1/2 I was running down a very familiar country road, the road I run almost every time I run. A car was headed towards me like every other car that heads towards me, and then all of a sudden the car swerved off the road onto the shoulder towards me, like they were intentionally trying to hit me. They quickly swerved back over, but I had already spiked my heart rate and jumped off the road into the grass scared to death. As they came past my fear turned to anger as I am sure this was one of those "hey watch this!" moments for the people (probably high school kids) in the car.
First, I'm really glad to hear you're ok Tim. That would have given me a scare (and ticked me off) too-whether it was intentional or not.
Second, you're an inspiration. The fact that you ran those extra miles despite trying to talk yourself out of it is awesome. It sounds like your body was up to the challenge, and now I'm sure its even better prepared than it was a day earlier for whatever race you have next. Good for you!