Date: 3/13/2009 4:30 AM
Type: Easy
Course: 8 Miler
Distance: 8 miles
Duration: 1:35:00
Pace: 11:53 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: -1
Weather: 46° F
Statistics: Calories: 1113
VO2 Max: 25.7

OKAY.  I get it.  I’m putting too much pressure on myself…but, you have to realize, I have never ever run 8 miles.  Last night, I picked Kim up and we drove it.  The night before, I woke at 2am doing it in my brain.  I didn’t get to sleep until 11.

I realize that for many runners, this is no.big.deal.  That’s because the bloggers I read are not 50 year old, single Mom 5K runners.  I read marathoners.  So, for you, 8 miles is nuthin.  For me?  It’s the longest I’ve run ever.

This morning, Kim is at my house at 4:30am.  We do our first two miles very peacefully.  The longest street of this run, the one I was dreading, took about 7 minutes, or about as long as “American Pie”, by Don McLean.  We were running in the street, and it was lovely.

We stopped at 4.5, at Starbucks for a Gu.  At mile 6, we looked close to home, but the route I planned made a wideass loop around my house.  Mile 6 was rough.  7, however, was beautiful. 

One of my favorite running songs came on:  “I Love This Town”, by Bon Jovi.  It was a perfect ending to this morning.  *Title lyrics from said song.

It’s done.  I’ve now run 8 miles.  I’m off to the city for a weekend of fun and relaxation!!  Thanks for your help with the nutrition stuff.  I didn’t eat.

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7 thoughts on “*Heart of the city pounding underneath my feet*

  1. WOOOOOOO awesome job!!!!! I still remember the first time I ran 5, 8, 10 etc miles… its the BEST feeling to run further than you have run before! I love that mile 7 was beautiful 🙂 CONGRATS again and have a wonderful weekend!!!

  2. I am so excited for you! You are the coolest single mom 5K runner I “know” – seriously! You’re courageous and kind and funny! Eight miles is AMAZING!

  3. Ms. V.,I know that you feel good about your run. Whenever you pass a persnonal milestone it’s a great day. The single parent thing I too find very stressful,and I know that it consumes most of my mental energy. A mother at fifty has a lot of wisdom and experience–two great assets. Have a great day!

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