On running progress.

I ran my longest and close-to my best run today. 8 miles!

I’m ahead of my sped-up half marathon training schedule by a week, mileage wise (sped-up since I have lagged on distance as I’ve working on kicking the panic attacks first) and am finally feeling really good.

Like, really good.

More confident. More able. More excited with each run.

Today, M and I set out to hit 8 miles before it reached the 90s (and almost 100 degrees the next two days! Yikes), so the alarm went off at 5 am and I honestly jumped out of bed, excited to get started.

Compared to the dread I’d feel before, in the pit of my stomach, the nerves would start, and so would the voice of self-doubt.

Not today.

I was excited and happy. The weather was ideal. Low 60s (!), zero humidity and partly cloudy skies. <–if the half marathon weather can be like this, I will kick ass. Just sayin. (weather Gods, are you listening!?)

We set out on the route I had in mind (I had a couple of options in mind, in case for any reason I started to struggle, we could go shorter). My legs felt great. My calves and shins felt great.

The first few miles went well, except my Nike+ run tracker had the sound on (even though I swear I turned it off!) and was giving me updates at each mile. Um, no thanks. I don’t need to know each mile, I’d rather run the mile I’m in (and thanks Ronda for that quote, yet again! LOVE it) and pace myself without thinking ‘okay, one mile down, SEVEN left? Ugh!’

After that minor snafu, we set into a good pace. M slightly ahead of me, but pulling back when I’d slow to regulate my breathing. He’s good at distracting me (like today, he recited the Pledge of Allegiance to me but added funny words to it. Too funny) or would start adding ‘hurdles’ and would run over brush or sticks, but super high, overly exaggerated. Hey, whatever works, right? (though, of course, I’m thinking, ‘he’s like an effing gazelle, look at him go, why can’t I go that fast and easily?!’ But I digress. I appreciate all he does to motivate me and keep me going! SO much.)

Halfway through, my legs started to feel heavy and I was thankful for a sip of water (thank you iFitness water belt. Something I never thought I’d do, but it totally helps! Thank you Heather and Naomi for suggesting!) and one of those Powerade Blox (way better than Gu. That stuff freaks me out).

Home stretch!! M started singing some song and then said “home stretch, babe, let’s go!!” and I took off, sped up at the end, and we made it. Took about an hour and a half and we managed 8.15 miles. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

Running progress? I’d give that a hell yes. It feels like night and day to my panics, mental struggles and fear. Sure, that voice tried to make its way in when I started to struggle, but I didn’t let it. Kicked it back and just focused on the surroundings, M, and the beautiful morning.

And I daresay it worked.

Can I get an ass slap or a high five please? ;-P

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43 thoughts on “On running progress.

  1. WooHoo!!! That’s SO AWESOME!! Glad to hear that you’ve been able to overcome the mental block. You’re gonna kick some serious half marathon ass next month! YAY!!!!

    For me with my running I’ve noticed that improvement doesn’t come in small increments….more like big leaps. I’ll be struggling, struggling, struggling with a certain distance, maybe even for a couple of weeks, and then suddenly I can do WAY more than that previous distance and feel great doing it. Funny how that works.

    In any case, really super proud of you. :-D

    1. Aw, thank you Sunshine! I am feeling a great runner’s high, gotta admit :) And I think you are right, the improvements aren’t in small increments for me either. Leaps and bounds, considering where I was what, less than two weeks ago?! Funny how that works is right…but I’ll take it :) XO!

  2. I had no idea that quote was getting so much attention. I’m seriously considering getting it tattooed on my other wrist, I have to sit with the idea for a good six months before I’ll do it, so we’ll see…

    Congrats on the running progress, I’m currently sidelined with a knee injury so I’ll have to cheer you on from here. Just know that I’m jealous of what you’re doing :)

    1. It is getting lots of attention! I think a tattoo is a great idea. I’m a wuss when it comes to that, so I’ll live vicariously through you, if you do it, ok? Hope your knee feels better!! (and thank you!)

  3. Rock the eff out, sis!! I LOVE this post – it is BUBBLING over with pride and glee and joy and an effing amazing runner’s high. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! I knew the second you texted me at 5am that you were ready to kill it. Your whole mood was SO different from previous early-AM pre-run texts from you. You sounded excited. Ready. And guess what? You KILLED IT!!! LOVE IT!!!

    PS. Ronda – I LOVE LOVE LOVE that quote. Seriously, a tattoo with that phrase is an excellent idea!!

    1. Ha-ha, thanks sis. You are so funny. Rock the eff out! What, no ass slap?! ;-) Thank you, I felt a lot different today when I got up, definitely, and that carried through the run.

    1. Thank you Heather! I may have to try the Gu, it does freak me out though! Still don’t quite know how to run and drink some water without major spillage though. Practice makes perfect?

  4. *ass slap!* (way more fun than a high-five, thanks for the opportunity!)

    So proud of you for all of your accomplishments, Jo. Look what we can do when we try!! Yahoo!

    1. FINALLY an ass slap (I had to like, remind Jess to give me one! LOL), definitely way more fun. *ass slap* back atcha too! So true – look at what we can do when we try. So well put. Simple, yet so hard sometimes.

    1. Aw thank you so much Tina!! Means a lot :) I will TRY my best not to doubt myself again. I can’t promise but I am determined not to let this get the best of me again!!

  5. Big time #assslap! from me!

    Rock on! I love his distractions. How funny. How I’d love someone to distract me when I’m feeling over and done with!

    Go girl! Run like the wind!

    1. Thanks T! Ass slap back atcha too ;-) M’s distractions were great, even if I was thinking how I wished I could say the whole Pledge of Allegiance while running! (SO can’t!) :)

  6. Yay for you! I can’t wait ’til I can get out there for nice long runs like that. I’m only up to 3 miles post-baby so far. Baby steps, right?

  7. YAY! I am so happy to hear that you rocked this! 8-miles is serious mileage for a mid-week run – go you! Glad the iFitness belt is working out too! If I’m running longer than an hour, or doing a hard speed session, then I always make sure I have a drink with me. For long runs, I usually hydrate every 2 miles. Congratulations Jo – seriously, this is so exciting!

    1. Thank you Naomi!! Means a lot from you, my running hero ;-) Every two miles, huh? I only did like halfway through and then at the end. Maybe I need to spread it out a bit more.

  8. yay! this makes me so happy. I remember having some serious running nerves when I was training for my 1st half marathon – and self-doubt that there was no way I could run 6…then 8…then 10 miles, etc. I’m so happy that you’ve found your running confidence, and that you have a fun running partner to make it that much more fun!

    1. Aw, thank you Dorry! I am glad I found it too, I think it’s here for good (here’s to hoping!), and I am looking forward to this half, much more than dreading it like I was before. If we can have perfect weather on top of that, even better!!

  9. LOVE how supportive M is. I smiled the entire time I read this post. Isn’t it the best to be able to run with your partner and have them entertain you? I love it.

  10. You’re getting an ass slap from me girl!!! That definitely deserves one!!! You’re rockin’ your training, and we all knew all along that you’d get your groove back. We all have setbacks…it’s the strong ones that make it through!!! So proud of you!

  11. *SLAPPING DA ASS!!**

    You are doing SO great! I can only imagine, you know, I usually only run when being chased by a scary clown.

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