Once again we had a pretty packed weekend, that once again took me all over the state. Saturday morning I spectated my friends daughter run her first 5k, followed by attending a joint baby shower for twin cousins who are both preggo at the same time (not planned), and then ended the day by taking my niece overnight and after taking her to the local "fun spot," we let her stay up late watching a movie and eating cupcakes. Obviously we are now her favorite aunt and uncle.
Sunday morning I snuck out early and headed over to Kensington again for my long run. It was cool and overcast, perfect conditions for my friends that were racing the Dexter-Ann Arbor races and Hawk Island Tri, of whom I thought of as I made my way around the lake on my first double digit run in 1 year, 2 months, and 22 days (not that I looked that up or anything...).
|Because I was going further than the lake is around, I added in a mile out and back on the Huron Valley Trail extension that worked beautifully.|
The run was perfect, I felt strong throughout and without ever looking, kept my splits fairly consistent. Running along I just felt so legit finally going far enough to warrant consuming a gel (a new [to me] flavor called Berry Blast that I really liked it), knowing what to expect around every turn, and even recognizing a few runners from the previous weekend. As I closed in on 10 miles I was all smiles and had a celebratory moment which may or may not have included a fist pump and jump.
|Double digit badassery is mine once again!!!|
It has taken discipline and patience these last six months to work up so slowly to this distance, as it would've been so easy to bump up the mileage sooner, but I didn't want to chance re-injury. When plotting out my R2R I carefully planned distance races to work towards as I waited the year I promised my doctor I would before training for another marathon. So far, it has totally paid off (hello multiple PR's!), and I will continue to bide my time, working next towards racing a ten miler and then on to a half marathon this fall.
Do you remember your first double digit run post injury? How about your first double digit run ever?