Super Easy Saturday Long Run
Saturday, April 10, 2010
My alarm went off at 6:30 this morning! On a Saturday! Way too early on a Saturday! This chick likes to sleep in with her hubby on Saturday mornings! Since our boys are adults and we don't have anyone depending on us, we usually get up around 7:30 or 8:00 on Saturdays (our only day to sleep in). We then have breakfast, get dressed for our run, do a few household things, take care of all pre-long run 'business' and then head out. We never get out of the house before 9:30, we actually prefer 10 this time of year because it is then warm enough that we don't need an extra layer.
This morning, however, I had agreed to stand in for another runner who was going to be out of town. I used to run with this women's running group, but their days and times did not work well for me. Most of them have young children and they run early on Saturday so they can get home and get busy being moms! The other night they run together is on Wednesdays while their children are at a church program. I like to run right after work while it is sunny and warm. But this week, the training coach was going to be out of town and she had a runner that runs close to my pace who needed a companion. So, hubby and I both went! James rehearsed the course with us and paced us for the first mile and then we did not see much of him.
Trudy needed to run an 8 miler this morning. So, we used our four miler loop and repeated it. It was an honor to run with Trudy. She is new to running and is training really hard for the same half marathon I will be running in May. She is training, inspite of having an eight month old baby whom she nurses. In spite of the fact that she has 3 other children and a very busy schedule . . . she makes time to train. I love that about her. I really did not know her, she is a friend of a friend. I had met her one other time and we had corresponded recently to set up the run.
It was so worth getting up early for! Trudy is used to doing a walk every now and then in her run. I do not walk once I've started running. After the first mile, we come to a hill and she says she is going to walk it, I tell her I cannot walk it, I like to accelerate on the hills, but I will slow down on the other side and wait for her. So, I take the hill and went I get to the flat part and look back to see how much I need to slow down to allow for her to catch up with me, she is just a few yards back. I slow to allow her time and not make her have to sprint since we are just in the second mile. A couple times in the second mile, she would take a few walking steps and when she realized I was not going to walk, she would break back into a jog. I was so proud of her. She was not out of breath, or I would not have pushed her to keep running. I talked to about using mind over matter. To tell herself that she was strong, she had giving birth to children! She had endured sleepless nights, surely she could run this next mile without any walking.
I kept challenging her to keep running. The pace was a bit too slow for me and I tried to pick it up a couple times, but it was too much for Trudy. So was stayed at an easy pace. This is a long slow run day, no time clock needed.
Before I know it we are entering the last mile. I challenge Trudy to try to pick up the pace again, and again she cannot without discomfort. Once we turn the corner and we can see the finish line in the distance, I tell Trudy I am going to take it up a notch, for her to go at her own pace. I start accelerating and Trudy does too! She is behind me, but only by seconds. As we get closer to the finish I coach Trudy to Kick it Up! Give it all you got! Cross Strong! I break into my sprint and cross the 'finish line'. I run back to the finish and call out Trudy's time for her and we do the two hand high five slap! YAY!!! She did it!!! The longest distance she has ever done! The most distance she has ran without taking walk breaks!!!
I feel so humbled and excited to have been there in that moment! It wasn't my moment, it was Trudy's! She is strong! She is ready for her half marathon!
Ironically, since I ran that super duper 11.9 in the rain and hail last weekend, this 8 felt too short for me. I didn't feel challenged enough, so I rode my bicycle to the gym (just a mile), then I did 2 miles on the elliptical, did some ab work, push ups, stretching and used one of those foam rollers to roll out all the kinks in my body! Man, that feels good! It feels like a giant rolling pin and works great to work out knots or soreness in the calves, thighs and hips!
I don't know what happened to me today. But the energy was just overflowing! I came home from the gym, turned on my favorite dance tunes and got busy cleaning and cooking! I tore my kitchen apart and sanitized every inch of it. I rearrange the furniture in my library room which is my favorite place to read, exercise and Spark. So, now it looks all fresh and clean. I made a special place for my exercise equipment and my favorite fitness magazines.
I made healthy tacos for dinner and a mango/pineapple/banana/papaya salad and we ate out on the patio. This has been a great day!
And it started when the alarm went off at 6:30!