It felt amazing too. First two miles were rough (as always), but then I hit my “runner’s high” around 4.5 miles and finished strong. I didn’t constantly check my Garmin for miles covered and how far to go–I actually was surprised when I hit mile 8 and felt like I could continue. Knees were a bit achy and getting stiff, but it was an incredible run and boosted my confidence for reaching 13.1.
I watched Spirit of the Marathon half way through before heading out on my run for a little inspiration. I think it helped because I kept repeating the opening quote in my mind whenever I began to doubt myself.
Sometimes the moments that challenge us the most define us. -Deena Kastor
A marathon is beyond challenging, but I want to be defined as a marathoner. So I will push myself until I reach that goal. Sounds crazy, but it worked. I finished the film upon returning from my 8 miler and I have to admit, there were numerous moments throughout that I felt myself tearing up. But by the end, I was a sobbing mess 🙂 But a good sobbing mess. So inspiring and the incredible journeys people set out on to reach those 26.2 miles–Just reinforced my goal to reach 26.2 as well. Definitelly a film I will watch again throughout my training process.
In between my film viewing/sob fest, I chugged this little guy upon walking through the door. Pretty good and packed with protein. Considering I burned over 1,000 calories, I thought it a good idea to replinish. Not too bad tasting either. Definitley look into grabbing a few more of these bad boys for after my long runs.
So happy with my accomplishment today of 8 miles. Only further improvements from here! And now–my treat to myself for reaching my goal today: mani/pedi!!! (At home of course. I’m no millionaire!) 😉