I have been quite sore from the 10k with no real good reason other than I'm out of shape. I was concerned that it would set me back even further than I already am for the races in January. Thankfully, a friend posted on my facebook inviting me to join her and some other girls for a 10 mile run on Saturday. ( check out her blog here, she makes some really awesome stuff on etsy )They were planning on running a comfortable pace, so I figured I would join up and if I needed to, I'd drop back. We ran through a new tech park in the area that has an extensive amount of running paths and also some trails that I may explore later this week. Overall the run was flat with a few hills that became more noticeable the longer the run. At mile 4 I was still feeling strong, so at 4.25 I turned around to start heading back to the start. I haven't run more than 6 miles in a while and I didn't want to get stuck walking back. When I finished, I could have run a bit more but I was definitely losing good form and the run would have become a bit less enjoyable. I kept a fairly solid pace, although at mile 6 you can tell I hit the big hill on the path.
It's been a while, but I think 8 miles is still my magic number to hit the runners high. I was feeling so elated for the rest of the day and very motivated to get out there again. Once I got home, I took a modified ice bath ( very cold water, no actual ice, I'm on a budget :) and popped a few ibuprofen which did wonders to reduce the soreness that I was feeling. Now with the holiday over, I can get serious about eating well and focusing on training so that I can survive the goofy challenge.