My goal this week was to get over 11 miles done. If I was able to do that, great. If I was able to do more, even better! If I was able to get to 18-20 miles, perfect!
So I might not have gotten to the 18-20 mile mark, but I did run more than 11. I was able to get in 13.18 miles... just over the half marathon mark. The best part, it felt better for longer. Almost to mile 9 I was feeling pretty good with only a few small annoyances. That's what I've decided most of my aches and pains are... annoyances.
The picture above came to mind during my run. I was so impressed with how good I felt and how strong I was feeling. I was so proud of myself, partially because the night before I was so tired and sick of running I wasn't even sure if I was going to get out there and do any of these longer runs. The night before my run I was at one of my lowest lows about my feelings toward running... kind of like a runner's depression, but I got outside and I was able to run 13 miles! So, so proud of myself.
I've realized my biggest issue is the lack of true strength training. It's going to be on my focuses, I think, for next year and my next (shall I really say it?) marathon. If anyone has any favorite circuits or routines for strength training for runners, I would love to hear them!
In other news, another reason I had to run yesterday... Christmas party! I hosted my work's cookie exchange and white elephant. The hard part was that I was on my feet for a majority of the day AFTER my run, but I did get to eat all these yummy cookies. My red velvet cookies were a big hit and considering how addicting they are, I'm stopping by work today just to get them out of my house!