7 Miles of Fun

Happy (belated) 4th of July!

Matt and I spent the holiday in Fort Worth with my family, and… I. Am. Exhausted.

Since we were only there for 2 (whole) days, we crammed A LOT of stuff into our visit. In those two days, we went to a FW Cats game (minor league baseball) and stayed for the firework show afterwards. Enjoyed a BBQ with the family and my closest friends. Had a lunch date at one of my favorite college restaurants with two of my favorite people from college. Drove Matt around TCU’s campus (or just the football stadium, whatever). Went to a show at the Jubliee Theater because my best friend is in it (if you live in DFW, go check them out, they’re awesome). And still found time to work out.

On Saturday morning, I set out for a 7 mile run – my longest run of this training cycle to date. As much complaining as I do about the elements in El Paso (dry, elevation, hills, etc) I forgot what it is like to run in humidity. Let’s just say I looked like I ran through a waterfall when I was done, but I loved every minute of it. I ran up and down the streets of my mom’s neighborhood, ran down to a park with a mile loop (and water fountains), and back again. It was probably the most comfortable long run I have done in a really long time. I don’t know if that is because I’m more comfortable in the humidity and mostly flat neighborhoods of Fort Worth or because I psych myself out with my “running is so hard in El Paso” complaints. Maybe it’s a little of both. Regardless, it was a huge confidence boost to have a strong run leading up to this race.

Also, my iPod was on point. I didn’t skip any songs. PLUS, “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty came on towards the end. If you know anything about TCU Football, you will understand why that was exciting.

With the 10 mile race fast approaching, it is about time I start increasing my long run every week. I haven’t been very good about following my training plan; I’ve been using it more as a guideline than a schedule. Oops. I still have plenty of time though. I’m not worried about being able to run the distance (because I know I can), but I’m mostly worried about my confidence to be able to comfortably run 10 miles so that I can push myself harder than I normally would.

This is my planned long run progression for the weeks leading up to the race: (modified from the original plan)

  • 8 miles
  • 6 miles
  • 9 miles
  • 10 miles
  • 4-7 miles (leaning more towards 6-7, but depends on how i feel)

See. Totally do-able.

What did y’all do for the Fourth of July? Anything fun and exciting?