This is a total bragging post because I am crazy proud of myself today. It was my long run/walk/run day today and I went to the gym more than a little intimidated by the 5 mile distance on my training plan. For some reason this distance seemed like a huge milestone to me. I felt like everything before 5 miles was a good accomplishment, but that this was a real test. In my head, if I could do this 5 miler then a 10K was going to be no problem.
My plan was that it would take me about 2 hours to complete 5 miles based on the 2.5 mph times that my previous long runs have been. I grabbed a bottle of water, some Watermelon Gu Chews, put on some 2017 Princess Half Marathon YouTube videos, and hopped on the treadmill. My first hour seemed to fly by as I warmed up on the 2.7 mph setting.
By the time I started my second hour, I felt limber and able to bump up my pace even more. Overall it was a really excellent workout. I got my heart rate up, did my 5 miles, felt great doing it, and even finished 10 minutes sooner than I thought I would. 5 miler – check! And I’m feeling strong and confident to move forward.