Well, folks, I’m halfway there. Just completed my first ever six-mile run, and I am proud to say that it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I anticipated.
To be completely honest, what I was most afraid of with this run going into it was the monotony. Six miles is a long distance, and at 10 mins a mile, that’s a full hour of running. I was getting really bored on my treadmill even on the shorter runs, and the high school track is equally monotonous. So I ventured out into uncharted territory – that is, a nicely paved path about half a mile away from my house – and just started running. Since I knew the road would be relatively flat, well-paved, and straight, I just ran and ran until my Nike+ Running app alerted me that I had run three miles, at which point I turned right around and ran back toward where I came from.
I also had all conditions working in my favor: it was a beautiful, 72º evening, I was well-fed (having had toast with peanut butter a half hour before) and well-hydrated (I even brought along the nifty water bottle I won at my last 8K!), and I had Songza to keep me company. It was one of the most enjoyable runs I’ve been on so far.
I feel so empowered. Four weeks ago I never would have thought that I could run six miles without a break. Now that I’m halfway there, the half marathon is seeming much less daunting.
12 miles, here I come!
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