Testing My Limits
Yesterday afternoon I pulled up weather.com to try and decide when I should go for my run:
I went at 5pm, but in hindsight I should have waited until midnight! I totally ROASTED in the hot sun!
Did I make it 6 miles? Yes. (Longest run in a month!!! Whoo)
Did I take any walking breaks? No!
I’ve used run/walk intervals as a crutch for a very long time. I am almost three years into my running journey and I am ready to kick them to the curb! I didn’t use walking intervals for any of my runs this week and guess what? I survived just fine! In fact, I found eliminating the breaks to really help me stay in my flow better.
It was hard to give them up when I was so used to the routine of having them, but after my April break from running now just seems like the right time to leave them behind.
Six miles is by far the longest run I’ve ever done without walking breaks. I think my previous record was 2.5 miles so it’s really awesome to know that I was capable of so much more than I was giving myself credit for. Sometimes, we just have to test our limits to see what we can really do, right?
After the brutally hot six miles it was SO NICE to just kick my legs up and let the breeze wash over me for a few minutes.
Relaxing after this run was the best part! I can’t believe 10 miles used to be my “easy” long run! I’m looking forward to getting back to that point.
Even though this six miler was a bit of a struggle, it still capped off a really great couple of days because my awesome mom was in town visiting all weekend!
She was a bad influence on me and I did more shopping in two days than I’ve done in a while – but that’s a post for tomorrow! 🙂
I hope all the moms out there had a great Mother’s Day – cat moms, dog moms, bird moms, etc. included!
When was the last time you tested your (running) limits? During a race? Speedwork day?