Saturday, September 01, 2007
This morning I ran my longest distance, 7.7 miles at exactly a 10.0 min/mile pace. I wasn't shooting for this pace, I was only trying to see if I could run over seven miles. I needed to know this, because I foolishly agreed to join my brother's team for Reach the Beach. That's right, 200 miles in 24 hours. The legs range from 2.8 miles to 9.3 (gulp!) miles, with many in 7+ mile distances. To make my little test more accurate, my route included several killer hills and I only slept four hours the night before. The latter feature wasn't intended, I was suffering from some insomnia and decided to make it useful. The cool thing is that I finally reached that runner's high. I could have kept going past my house, my lungs and legs felt perfectly fine. Granted, I had energy lows later, so I don't know how well I will do after my first leg, especially as I will be going at a faster racing pace. But while I still feel completely daunted by this relay race, I know it is possible. Of course, my students will have to prod me with sticks to get me through the following Monday's classes.