Sunday, I set the plan to head out and complete my longest solo run: five miles! Armed with Scrappy Little Nobody downloaded from Overdrive, I set out to prove mind really is over matter. As of this week, I am officially training for my first half marathon. The weather wasn’t bad; it was chilly but not windy. Two layers made it more than bearable. As soon as I got out on the road, I discovered a cut on the back of my left ankle. I know that I need new sneakers and have been trying to get the last life out of my current ones before investing in new ones. After a few minutes, the pain subsided.
Once I got out there, I was fine! After my last run, I played with the interval app, adjusting the intervals to two minutes of running and fifty seconds of walking. I pushed myself during the running times, but not to the point of exhaustion. The goal was to run longer, not faster. I also made a point of running away from my house, rather than doing loops that allow a quick escape to home. I ran to the airport, fully aware that whatever distance I ran would need to be backtracked if I ever wanted to get home. Honestly, I wanted to see the Amazon Prime plane up close. While seeing it parked almost daily as I drive by to pick up the highway, it is clear that plane is larger than many of the other planes at the airport. In an airport that mostly hosts 737s, Amazon’s 767 is a big treat. I was hoping to see it a little closer. When I arrive at the spot where it is usually parked, I was surprised to see it gone. I usually drive by at 7am, it was now 8:30. As I was looking for it, the plane flew overhead. Attempts to get a picture of it in the air failed. Chasing an airplane was a fun distraction halfway through my run!
The rest of the run was delightfully uneventful. That last half mile dragged, but once I hit the five-mile mark, I felt like I could do another mile. I didn’t, but I felt okay.
Honestly, this run was to prove that I can do it. Once I made myself run five miles, I know that I can run six miles next weekend.