It was a Halloween Weekend Running Miracle. Meri and I had an actual, successful long(ish) run!
So lets get some perspective here, okay? If you are new to running, or training for a 5K or some other shorter distance, any miles that you log are fantastic...I do not in any way want to downplay those miles with this post. I can still remember, clear as day, the first time I ran 4 miles. It sucked...until it was done and all I could think was "Holy crap, I'm a runner - I ran 4 miles!!" Those 4 miles were nothing to sneeze, wheeze or cough at.
Flash forward a ways to when I was training for my first, second and third half marathons. Long runs were 10-13 miles...those are the long runs where, now, I can really pat myself on the back. I have not had a long run of that distance since last January or so.
For me, there is a certain threshold to cross before real distance training begins...it is the magic 6 mile mark. The first 3 miles of any run suck - it takes at least 3 miles for my legs and head to start working together. Once my body figures out that its running, it begins to cooperate for miles 4 and 5. Those are pretty good miles. But oh to get to mile 6...by mile 6 you are in rhythm...and once you are in that rhythm, miles 7 and 8 feel pretty good. So the threshold is to complete the 6 mile run...then tacking on miles gets a little easier.
This Saturday morning, Meri and I completed our first 6 mile run in a long, long time. And it was great! We felt like runners again! I still have a hard time calling 6 miles a 'long' run. But I have no trouble calling 7 miles a long run. So here we go miles - I have crossed the threshold - bring it on!