No not that kind of valley! Now this, this is what I’m talking about:
The Sacramento Valley!
Well, actually, this time of year it will probably look more like this:
But still gorgeous, yes?
This Saturday is my 10 year high school reunion and I’m flying out for a full 7 days of family and friends, reminiscing and… running. I plan to log a full 32 miles while I’m out there – including an 18 miler, my longest distance to date.
Planning this long run gave me a good bit of anxiety before I realized I had great resources to pull from. I didn’t start running until after I moved from California to Maryland so I know nothing about the safe pedestrian routes they have, and I’ve been gone for 5 years so my memory of the shadier areas to avoid is iffy at best. Lucky for me, while I know next to no runners in Baltimore, I have four friends back in my hometown who routinely run marathons! Yes, those friends in low places came in quite handy as I prepared for this weekend’s long run in a strange once familiar city. With their help and suggestions I have mapped out a great route for this weekend (along with several shorter distances for the rest of the week) and I dare say I’m down right excited for this 18 miler!
A lot has changed since I moved to Maryland, and even more has changed since graduating high school. The most obvious is that I’m 30 lbs lighter and I finally discovered the wonder that is the flat iron. Needless to say, I’m rather looking forward to this reunion!
Things I’m not looking forward to (in no particular order*):
- No gym for strength training
- What? No oatmeal?! How will I survive??
- I wont have the Husband with me.
Kirk is taking a Stay-cation this week as cross country airfare is expensive. It will be the first time we’ve spent more than two nights apart since we met! Still, it will be nice to see my dad and stepmom, and all my best girl friends. Hopefully my training wont sacrifice too much.
Mile 1: 8:48
Mile 2: 8:45
Mile 3: 8:32
Mile 4: 8:37
Can I just take a moment to say that those last four seconds of Mile 4 are the biggest buzz kill ever?! I was really shooting for negative splits. That said, I am beyond stoked that I carried a sub-9 minute pace for the whole run. I’ve never even come close to that before. So awesome!
* I kid, I kid!