After so many bad runs after bad runs, blaming on our ridiculous hot and humid weather, but secretly fearing it was me (ok, maybe not so secretly), I was not looking forward to running the 15 miles last Saturday. Heck, if I couldn’t even run 14, why the heck did I even think I could run 15??
Turns out that the weather WAS to blame. Can you hear the sigh of relief?
Saturday, it was meant to be on the high-80’s (versus low-100’s we had last week), and at 6am it was 72 degrees (while last Saturday it had been 88 at that time). It was even a bit chilly while waiting around for all the other runners to get there.
Amazing how much of a crowd has been coming out on these Saturday runs. A month ago, our frequency had dropped to about half a dozen people because of the heat, now we’re having twenty people showing up for these incredibly early runs. A month ago, most people coming were running 60 minutes, now everyone is cranking up the high miles.
Our run started at the Roosevelt Island, and we went over the Key Bridge to the Capital Crescent Trail. The CCT is pretty boring, all you see is trees and trees and trees, with an occasional sight of the Potomac early on. But there’s shade, and after so much horrible heat, running on the shade sounded like the best thing ever. (Of course, there were clouds when we got started so the shade made no difference — but I was thankful for it at the end of the run.)
I ran with Kristy, who had run with me on Wednesday and is training for a half marathon, and Karl tagged along as well. Kristy didn’t plan on running the whole thing, so Karl stayed with us for support after she started walking.
So how did the run go? We went further than I’ve ever been on the CCT, well into Maryland (yay, I ran through VA, DC and MD in one run!). We had two pee breaks, one refill-the-water break and the rest we were running non-stop. No breaks for drinking water, no breaks for eating Gu, just running. I kept the pace pretty slow, hovering on the 12 min/mile mark, to make sure we wouldn’t tire ourselves out. Kristy completed her first half-marathon distance and walked the rest.
For some reason, I got a second wind on the last five or so miles and ran most of it between 10 and 11 min/miles. I finished it all with a 11:44 average pace and a smile on my face. I could have gone longer. I could have run another 3 miles if I needed to. I was tired (specially since I pushed myself on those last miles — yay for negative splits!), but I wasn’t exhausted like I’ve been lately after these runs.
Of course, this weather is not staying put, and it’s back to the high 90’s later this week.
But for the first time in weeks I’m finally thinking that I might be able to run this marathon after all…
Today I’m a bit sore, but in a good way. I also have my first massage ever scheduled for tonight… And I’m starting it all with a deep tissue massage, which I heard is more painful than relaxing. Hopefully that will get rid of some of the tightness of my muscles!
Have you had a deep tissue massage before? Any tips?