There has just been something about going beyond the 3.1 mile distance that has been intimidating, even to the point that it seemed that I would never make it beyond the 5k distance. That is, until this past week.
June 2nd was a really nice Saturday, but I had a lot on my plate. I finished up a couple things and then headed out for a late morning run. 69 degrees and sunny and yet I still almost talked myself into cutting it to the 3.1 mile distance again. The discipline won out and I ran my first 4 miler in over 6 months!
The run was slow, but consistent with splits of 10:09, 10:08, 10:06, and 9:32 which I was very pleased with given the hills I once again started to incorporate into my run. I dropped back to the 3.1 and even 2 mile distances since then and just today ventured out for my second 4 miler. Today's splits were not quite as consistent, but in the end a bit faster at 10:22, 9:59, 10:04, and 9:18.
It is hard to believe that I had not run 4 miles straight since November 22nd, but I guess these times will come. I have a long way to go still, but I will get there. The next time I post I will be officially registered for my first 13.1 back after the injury..... how is that for motivation?
Keep the encouragement coming, and tell your friends about 26.2 Quest!