I realized as I stepped out of my car at the trail that I have been pretty lucky with the weather in all of my long runs leading up to this one. With the exception of the cold, the weather has pretty much been ideal. But not today. Today, the first thing I experienced when I got out of my car was a blast of air, and dang, did it sting.
When I started running, I wasn’t entirely feeling it. I’ve had better starts to runs. But around mile 4, I hit my stride. It helped that by that point I was past the worst of the wind as I moved away from the water and into the cover of the trees and the surrounding houses. Then I was able to distract myself with the new part of the trail that I got to discover with my extra mileage. The trail snaked and cut through a gorgeous neighborhood for a stretch and then turned back into a trail again. And before I knew it, it was time to turn around.
I don’t know about you, but the turnaround point is always a big confidence boost for me. My mind goes to this place where it’s like, “You’re almost done.” Even if I have five miles to go, like I did today, that halfway mark may as well have been at my car the way my mind just relaxed.
But then, I got into the last two miles and my legs started to feel stiff and my feet started to hurt and the wind started to bite again and I had to battle my way to the finish. But then I was there. It was over. I did it!
I have to give a big THANK YOU to Maria V. Snyder. I started her book, Touch of Power, on this run and so far it’s really, really good. My mind was so busy with Avry, Kerrick and his band of merry men that the near two hours just flew by. I can hardly believe that I’m back at home already.