I ran 16 miles on Saturday morning at the Nashville Striders training run. Actually, it was 16.17 if you want to get specific.
I'm not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way long runs have stopped feeling like long runs. This could be temporary, so I'm trying to not get too terribly excited over it.
Friday night, I enjoyed a laid back evening going to the Frist Center to see the coutour and Chihuly exhibits with Amy. If you live in Nashville and have any interest in couture, go see it before it closes on Friday! The Chihuly paintings and glass were pretty amazing as well, and now I want to go see Chihuly at Cheekwood as soon as I find someone to go with me.
When I got home, I made some macaroni and watched a little tv before crashing at a somewhat reasonable time. I was up at 5am, got ready, and headed to pick up Matt to drive to the Stones River Greenway.
The Striders were doing 20, but I knew that jumping from 14 to 20 might not be ideal. Matt, Amy, Liz and I all headed out to hit the hills. We were chatting and keeping a decent pace. The weather was awesome! It wasn't humid, and it actually felt downright cool outside until the end when I could feel it warming up.
Amy decided to run a bit extra out since she was going for 20, so Matt, Liz and I turned back at 8 without her. Somewhere along the way we were running along with Laura, a new gal we met and quickly became new friends with... something that can be easy to do on a long run.
We finished 16, and while my legs were tired, I felt pretty good.
I never had that long run dread before the run. I never felt like I was dying during the run (much of that is attributed to it not being hot). I was tired, but I felt like I could have kept going if I needed to do so.
Am I little intimidated that I'l be jumping to 21 miles at the Kroger to Kroger training run next weekend? Yes. But after doing 16 so easily, it doesn't sound so bad. I'm starting to feel pretty confident about being able to improve my endurance over the next couple of months.
As for speed, I'm not so sure. I really want to PR at the half next month, but I'm not entirely positive about it at this point. I've got speed workouts planned, but there may not be enough time to reach the point of keeping 8:45 for 13.1 miles. We shall see.