Recently, a friend asked me why I am still doing my Saturday long runs if my last half was in January and I don’t have another on the calendar until October. I told her:
– there is something about waking up to a weekend long run that I love
– I want to keep up my half marathon base
– plus weekends are when I have the most time to actually run
Because of that, I have generally been running 8-12 miles every Saturday morning and really enjoying it. It has been almost 6 months since my first pain free run and I am loving it. Now, don’t get my wrong, we all have little pains and aches here and there. However, my constant injury pain is gone and I am so happy just to be running.
This Saturday, I had to drop my car off at the dealership to have a headlight replaced (it involved moving major parts around and disconnecting sensors so I decided not to try myself) and I decided to use that time to get my long run in. Sure beats sitting around in a waiting room for hours. Luckily my car dealership is located right off the Greenway trail so I headed off on my way. Well, actually I walked along forever until my Garmin found signal. I swear sometimes this thing finds signal right away, sometimes it takes like 10 minutes, and sometimes it just never goes. Luckily, this time it kicked in after about 10 minutes of me angrily walking.
My plan was to run 12 miles at a very comfortable pace since my right knee was still not feeling 100%. (Don’t worry, it was much better and I felt up for the run, I just didn’t want to push it and try to run too fast.) I had it all planned out so I would finish right near my home where I would be able to eat lunch, stretch and roll, and even take a nap before I casually walked the two miles back to the dealership to get my car around 5pm/closing time.
Well, at mile 9 I stopped on a beautiful bridge with a gorgeous marsh view to check my phone. The dealership always calls and says, “you should do this, this, and this too.” To which I always respond, “Sorry, I am on a teacher budget here and just can’t afford all that, just do what it is in for.” Sure enough when I pulled out my phone I had a call from the dealership about my car, which I was expecting. What I was not expecting – they changed their hours and now close at 1:00 instead of 5:00 on Saturdays. So basically, if I didn’t make it there by 1:00 to pay for my car and get the keys I would be carless until they reopen on Monday morning.
CRAP!!! I was 5 miles away and it was now a race against the clock. I stayed right around that 10:45 pace because that is where my knee felt good and I didn’t want to mess it up on this adventure. Plus I did the math, at that pace I would make it with minutes to spare, yes minutes.
I ran down the trail. My Garmin beeped 12, wait wasn’t I supposed to be going home for lunch now?
I continued on and it beeped 13. Hey look, my own personal half marathon. Dance time.
Doesn’t everyone bust out awesome mid-run dance moves when they hit the half marathon mark to celebrate? Just me?
I realized I had not run longer than a half marathon in the 14 months since I tackled the 2014 RnR New Orleans full. Here goes nothing.
Thankfully my body continued to feel strong and I headed on. I hit the car dealership at 13.91 with 5 minutes to spare, so being the silly runner I am I ran until I hit 14 miles even.
I managed to walk into the dealership, a hot, sweaty mess, 4 minutes before they closed.
Boy, I cut that close.
I had not planned to run 14 miles.
Funny that it is the furthest I have run in 14 months.
Also, I have to admit that those last 5 miles were a bit stressful racing against the clock.
However, now that it is all done I am quite happy to know that my body is still holding up well and that maybe that marathon training distance is still in me. I really enjoyed running past that 13.1.
Side note: My Mizuno Running Wave Rider 18 finally kicked the bucket on this run. It is time for me to grab a new pair. To think I did this all in old shoes. Cannot wait to see how it feels when my new ones come in this week.
Ever accidentally run more that you planned?