This morning, I was a little worried. We had a 6 mile run scheduled. The farthest I have ever gone before was last week, and that was 4 miles. I also had amazing Philly Cheesesteaks for dinner last night and was worried that it would effect me.
We started the run at 7:30 this morning. The half marathon group only had a 2 mile run today, so we split off from the big group pretty quick, and our 5 person group kept trucking along. Then, we started on the Galloway Trail and ran through the Southern Hills neighborhood. It's called Southern Hills for a reason. It has some killer hills, and at about Mile 3, I was really sucking air. I wasn't sure how much farther I could go, but at about Mile 4, I got my second wind and really felt good in the run.
During these long runs, I am learning more about myself and my body. I am also learning that I might need to get something so I do not get the infamous bloody nipples. It was very painful towards the end. I know.. TMI, but it happened, and I am honest! My calves started getting really tight towards the end as well.
I love my group. They are a lot fun and funny. I am the youngest in my group, and we were talking about some funny things today. One of the ladies, Sandy, said she has a big crush on Bret Michaels from Poison. We got a good laugh from it. They are all really nice and have a lot of good things to say. I will enjoy running with them every Saturday.
We ran our 6.5 miles in 1 hr 34 min. About a 15 minute pace. Slow but steady!
So I have been living my healthy lifestyle for 148 days now. It has been a great journey, and I will keep trucking away. My weight loss has not been what I have wanted, but I know why. See yesterday's post. Here is a picture that Jenn took of me after my long run today. Thought I would do a before and after of it as well.