To say I was a bundle of nerves this morning before my long run would be an understatement. I sat in my car for 10 minutes calming my nerves before I used them to my advantage by hitting the path. This morning I ran the farthest distance I've ever gone in my life—18 miles!! I'm really proud of myself.
I spaced out and ran a mile without my Garmin turned on so I actually ran longer than 18. Granted it wasn't my fastest time but I did it and my goal for CIM is to finish and run or jog the whole time so I consider this success!!
It was the perfect morning to run. A really light misty fog was out the whole time and the temp was in the low-mid 50s. I couldn't have asked for better running conditions and I also loved having a brand new playlist to enjoy and look forward to! Don't you love a new playlist or podcast for a long run? It really makes a difference for me.
I ran past Spreckels Lake and paused the watch for a minute to watch the Model Yacht Club folks sailing and racing their boats. Some of them are so meticulously crafted and really gorgeous. If you're visiting San Francisco you absolutely have to stop by here and watch on a Sunday morning. There's usually a hot dog or pretzel stand nearby too. The builders love to talk about their boats so stop and ask if you're interested. The Club is something really special and unique to SF.
Our club is devoted to the building and sailing of model yachts, both power and sail. Whether you are a builder, sailor, or just curious about this interesting and beautiful hobby, all are welcome.
Part of my route took me up The Great Highway along Ocean Beach where I saw lots of brave surfers chancing the cold water and likely circling sharks to enjoy the crazy waves. (Ever since my triathlon shark experience, I'm convinced they are always circling the shallow waters, just waiting for a dangling foot or arm—hahaha.)
I'm crazy about all the wild colors you see on a lot of the homes in SF, especially the Outer Sunset. I mean it's lime green, turquoise, pink, white, and red but somehow it WORKS.
This pretzel stand was the light at the end of the run. I got an ice cold bottle of water and told her to keep the change which got me a big smile from the worker! What a morning. I'm going to fill you in on a little secret: I have had doubts about my ability to finish the marathon. It wasn't until today that I really knew that I *can* do this. I won't be the fastest, but I'll finish it.
At one point today around mile 14 I wanted to walk and I slowed way down. Then it hit me that if I just put one foot in front of the other and focus on the 20 feet of pavement in front of me instead of the thousands of feet ahead of me, then I'd be okay. My feet were the part of my body that hurt the most, and my left foot's neuroma flared up a bit after mile 10, but I focused on spreading my toes in my shoe (sometimes I curl my toes when I tense up and that's bad for neuromas). You read it in a lot of running memes but today it felt true that the pain is temporary. Almost every little ache I felt in my IT band or toes or shoulders eventually eased out or I forgot all about it.
I also think surrounding myself with the beauty of San Francisco as my running scenery makes the runs so much more enjoyable.
Definitely a shit eating grin! Stinky, sweaty, tired, but really happy that I did it. The best part of it is that I know I could have kept going and I wasn't at my limit. It didn't feel as hard as I thought it would which tells me maybe I should have pushed the pace more. I'm already looking forward to my next fitness goal which will be increasing my speed in shorter distance races.
Chapstick, half eaten bagel in the cup holder, and a Garmin screenshot that I want to white out and write 18.0 MILES over. :)
When I got home I drank some chocolate almond milk and shoved some random snacks in my belly. Then when I was getting ready to hop in the shower, I had to pause for about 5 minutes on one of our memory foam area rugs. It felt SO GOOD on my feet. Like little pillows. So so so spongy.
Then I stole my husband's pajama pants because mine weren't warm enough, and I chowed down on soup and crackers. I'm seriously in a post-run happiness bubble because I feel like I had this weird mental block around the number "16" in my mileage because I hadn't gone past it so today I can let go of that superstition. I'm going to be ready for this race. Just two more really long runs before CIM and then I'm going to enjoy every minute of my taper week!
I'd love to know if anyone has built a model airplane or boat. This is a hobby I could see myself really getting into.
Did you watch any movies this weekend? I'm looking for a new one.
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