On my journey training for a half marathon 11 miles was on the schedule. 11 miles was my furthest distance ever.
We do these long runs on Saturday, but because I was flying Sunday for a week long business trip, it mad sense to do it Friday. Even though I am so slow I always run alone, I still missed gathering with my friends at Runners Lane for an inspirational talk from Flo T. Mina, owner of Runners Lane and the driving force in our training. I have dubbed these talks “Flospirations” and I will probably refer to them often. When we did our first 10 mile run, see said something like, “Double digits are in your mind.” Like…10 miles is just 1 more mile than nine, even though there are two digits. I thought about that when doing this 11-mile run.
I felt pretty good through 7 miles, but the last ones were hard. Music tends to drive my running, and on this day the song Shoulders from For King and Country came up on my live streaming app. It’s kind of a slow song and it’s more about life’s challenges…as opposed to the upbeat songs that typically drive me on runs. On this run though, it helped get me through those last miles.
Every step on this journey toward the half marathon and being healthier is a step forward on a long road. I hope it’s a very long road!