Janae, Heather, Jocelyn and I got dropped off at Vivian Park in Provo Canyon. I was doing a lot of positive self talk on the drive up the canyon, because I kept having thoughts like, "I really don't want to run 18 miles. What was I thinking?" and "What am I getting myself into? This is such a dumb hobby."
|Janae had this saying on the back of her shirt. So funny to me.|
Luckily all those thoughts faded away as we started to run down the canyon. We ran the first couple miles all together, and then Jocelyn and I slowed our pace a bit.
The first 13 miles were pretty uneventful and enjoyable. Miles 13-15 were a little more difficult to keep pace since my calf was cramping up on me. I took a GU at mile 6 and another at mile 12. This seemed to work great for me; my stomach and energy levels felt good.
When I started the final 3 miles I just told myself, run a 5k and you're done. No biggie right? Well those last 3 miles were physically and mentally tough. I got back to the car at mile 15.5, so I had to run past the car for 1.25 miles, which was tough mentally. I was really pleased with how I kept my thoughts positive. I even ended up the 18 by visualizing running 8 more, and telling myself I had it in me.
I love the mental aspect of running. I really believe it takes just as much commitment to train your brain to run 26.2 as it does to train your body.
Oh.. I almost forgot to tell you... around mile 11 I passed The Hungry Runner Girl. I've been following her blog for a long time and it's one of my favorites. I guess I still haven't officially met her since our conversation lasted about 4 seconds as we ran past each other. :)
Yesterday was a very productive day around these parts. I was able to do my long run, and I came home to the hubby building me a storage loft in our garage. (The gift of storage is what every mother needs for Mother's Day!)
This is the face of a happy mama.
Our home was built in the 50s and they must have only owned 5 outfits and a pair of shoes, because the closets are tiny.
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