Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tonight I ventured back to Millers Bay

After wanting to crawl into the green, algae infested waters of Millers Bay last week, my running shoes and I have been taking a break.

As in, I haven't ran in almost a week. But tonight I knew I had to, even if it was going to kill me.

I headed back out to Menominee Park after work tonight, ready to run the trail where I nearly died last week. I admit, I was worried. What if I'd get out to the point, turn around and have nothing left in the tank again? What if I couldn't even make it the 2 miles to the point? That wouldn't be so good, especially since 5 miles was on today's plan.

But I ran. I put one foot in front of the other and ran. At first it hurt. But I think that was mostly due to the quasi-uncomfortable shoes I wore to the wedding last weekend. Somewhere around the playground, the achy feeling in my feet disappeared and I was running pain free. And before I knew it, I was at the point and turning around.

And I didn't feel like I was going to die. I was happy. I picked up my pace a bit, glanced at my watch somewhere around 3 miles and was impressed with the numbers that were being displayed.

And did I mention, I still felt good?

Soon I was passing my car, on my way to the last .6 mile loop around the lighthouse. Before I knew it, it was 56 minutes since I left, I was back at my car and I had covered my 5 miles. And I didn't hurt. Or die. Actually, I felt like I could have kept going.

After the awful run I had last week, I really was starting to rethink this whole half-marathon thing. I mean seriously, if I couldn't even finish a short 4 mile mid-week training run without feeling like I was going to die, how in the world was I going to run 13.1 miles? Tonight, I felt much better, like I had been feeling up until last week.

And that 13.1 miles? Bring it on, because it's totally doable.

4 comments:

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Loots said...

Last night I walked with Terri. I met her at her place, and then we walked to Dairy Queen from there (it's good to have a goal in mind, though we blew any calories we burned by having ice cream) On the walk back, we ran into Ken Thomas.

Looking forward to DMB next weekend. Do you want to just crash at my house Saturday night after we get back?

Badgergirl said...

Yeah for the walk Loots! I miss our strolls around the cemetery. They're one of the few things I miss about the 'burg.

I'll drop you an e-mail about DMB in the next day or two. I'm getting excited!

Badgergirl said...

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