Friday night I had some steak because I knew I was going to head out on my longest run yet on Saturday. Saturday's run was going to be 15 miles. My longest run to date! I figured that if I get it out of the way on Saturday I won't be thinking about it the entire weekend. I am so glad I got out of bed and actually did it! It was a beautiful day for a run, no humidity, cool temps in the morning. I headed over to Waterway thinking I would start on that street and then cut over to the school and skip over to the neighborhood that Becky and I ran to train for Cherry Blossom.
Before I set out I got my camel bak ready and some shot blocks..I felt like I was packing for an overnight trip! I headed out and parked my car at the grocery store and started my run. What a beautiful day. Waterway is a perfect place to run. Why have I never ran this road before?! It is perfect. Both sides of the road have trees and shade. Perfect! If one side is sunny the other side has shade. And the road is pretty flat. There are a few inclines but nothing too bad. The neighborhood we were running for Cherry Blossom had mountains! I even found the lake.
I ran some side roads off of Waterway since I had to get in 15 miles. I then figured I could just run to the end of Waterway and back which should give me 9-10 miles and then I just have to run 2.5 to 3 miles out and then back and viola! 15 miles. That is exactly what I did. Next time I will run either more of the side streets or I will start a bit further away and run Waterway so I don't have to do the out and back again. I'm never very good when I am that close to my car...I just want to be done and then I turned around and ran away from my car..ugh! The last four miles were tough. I just wanted to be done. My knees were killing me. My feet were telling me to just be done! I realized that I need to be better about getting in my midweek runs. I have not been very good about getting those midweek runs in. I think it is because I come home from work and just want to do nothing..I'm tired!
Well I did it! I was super proud of myself. To celebrate I went home and showered and took a nap! Next weekend is Rock n Roll VA Beach. I need to add 4 more miles to my run..hoping that I can fit it in. :)