Today was our last "long"run before our half - it was 6.5 miles and the first 2.5 miles felt SOOOO hard. No worries - it's a DONE on the training schedule. We completed it in 1:37:47. Not a speedy time by a long shot - but mileage accomplished nonetheless!
I'm beginning to sound like a negative Nelly who whines all the time and for that I'm really sorry - I promise to try to not share all my problems with you. As you all know, I'm pretty prone to aches and pains. Running is QUITE painful for me. It's not like I ever run and feel awesome afterward. I usually hurt in numerous places for several days. The last few weeks I've really been struggling with shin splints on my left leg and the past week my right knee has been hurting . . . and you know, there's "THE HEEL" (insert suspense music). Today, my shin and knee were killing me - no idea why other than fat girls probably should sit on the couch and not run. We stopped at about the 2.5 mile mark and stretched - that seemed to REALLY help. The next 1.5 miles didn't seem so bad. We then stopped for a quick water break (it was nearly 80 degrees here today - BEAUTIFUL!) and I stretched some more. The next 2 miles felt pretty good and we finished by walking the last bit.
Nothing about today felt easy - except LOVING the weather. I certainly hope that next Saturday when race day comes, things will be easier!!!!