Well, I didn't break the 2 hour mark for today's run, but I got very close. I beat my best time by about two and a half minutes today. Today's run was about 9:28 per mile meaning I am getting quicker on the long runs. To top it off, I hit the 1/4 marathon mark at under an hour, so I know I can pull off a sub 2 hour half marathon soon.
Around mile 7 my left leg started to ache along with my left knee. My running gait favors my left side, so this is a regular thing with me and I am working consciously to change it. However, today I was worried that the pain would stop me short of running the whole half marathon. I listened to my body at that point and slowed down a little and focused on not favoring my left side. About mile 9, the pain disappeared and I was back to normal. I'm resting now and elevating my left side with ice just in case, but I don't think that this was a major problem, just a sign that I need to work on my running gait.
I am tired right now; but, as I sit in my chair writing this, I feel amazing. Physically I am really tired, but mentally I am on top of the world and can do anything. 8 1/2 months ago no one would have thought that I would be running half marathon training runs in close to 2 hours. Heck, I couldn't even run 1/4 of a mile without stopping. Step by step, day by day, meal by meal, and next thing you know I am running half marathons. Kind of amazing.
As I said in yesterday's post, I cherished every step today. Every step is one step farther than I ever thought possible before. I am thankful that I have my health and can get myself healthy and I am not going to waste this great opportunity to live life to the fullest.
I know I may sound like a broken record here, but once again I have to say it: Life is good!