Lake Merced

lake merced

It was my long run today. 6.2 miles (10k) and it was amazing! I don’t know if it was because the paved trail was relatively flat, it was near water, my sinuses are almost back to normal, or yesterday was a day of rest after a day of hurt. But it doesn’t matter – my two weeks of training paid off. It felt oh so nice to finally get a run in where it didn’t feel like I was dying. In fact, I felt strong and – dare I say, happy, to be loving the run. Oddly, I drank only half as much water as many of my previous runs, even though I ran double the distance.

It’s so bizarre how much hard work it took to finally get to a place where running wasn’t painful. It was downright enjoyable. I was smiling at other runners and I meant it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not assuming my future runs won’t be challenging. I know they will. But this one was fantastic – and the longest I’ve run thus far in my training. I’m on cloud nine. Now all I need to do is running 20 more miles and that will be a marathon. Yikes. At my pace, I’ll be lucky to do it in six hours. I need to get faster. But first, I need to rollout my tired and tight legs. Happy days.

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