My half training schedule this week was:
3 miles Monday
3 miles Wednesday
4 miles Saturday
Well I have a little weekend getaway planned for this weekend and I'm not sure I will be running on Saturday. So I planned to get the 4 miles in this morning. I looked at the weather last night and saw that it was suppose to get up to almost 70 degrees by 9 AM. If I wanted to get my run in during the 60 degree weather, I was going to have to get up even earlier than usual. Like I said before, I am NOT a morning person! So I was NOT about to set an alarm for 6:30 AM to hit the nice weather, but I did decide to get up at 7:30 AM to run by 8 AM and just deal with the warmer weather.
6:18 AM! This is when I woke up on my own this morning! So I figured I would just roll with it. I got my running clothes on and was out the door by 6:45 AM. I had planned a route to go 2 miles away from my house and then turn around and head back to my house to make a total of 4 miles. The weather was a perfect first thing in the morning 59 degrees and I started out with a slightly slower pace than usual. By 1/2 mile I had found my rhythm and it was really feeling pretty good! At about 2 1/2 miles, though, my breathing became pretty heavy and I was getting thirsty and my foot started to feel a little numb. I was just starting to head back towards my house, though, so I kept going and pushing thru!
I looked at my Garmim at 3.04 miles and thought to myself that I was about to run the furthest I had ever run. That gave me a big boost and before I knew it, I had pushed thru my normal 3.1 miles and was at 3.2 miles! From there on out, my run just kept getting better and better! My foot numbness went away, my breathing steadied out, and I even picked up my pace a little. I felt like my body went into auto pilot after that 3.2 mile mark. When I hit 4 miles I still felt like I could run more, but I figured I better not push it.
I finished those 4 miles in 48:45 minutes!
I feel like a real runner! I got up and ran first thing this morning! I ran 4 miles! I feel so accomplished! For the first time, I actually believe that I will be able to run that Half Marathon in October!