Despite my negative side pestering me, I knew that I could
survive run my scheduled 8 miles.
The plan was to run .25 to the apartment complex nearby, which is about a mile loop. I figured 8 laps would be more interesting than running the local track 32 times yet still allows for zoning out and also never being too far from home, just in case. The weather was perfect for running (50 degrees in February is a giant win around these parts) so I layered up in tights, a tank top, arm warmers and my fleece
After my first loop, I was hot. I decided it was worth running back home and changing to be more comfortable for the remaining 7 miles. I also grabbed a water bottle that I then stashed behind a tree and revisited after each mile. Both of these decisions proved to make my run successful. I finished my run in 1:24:23 coming to a 10:33 average pace. My RLRF workout was meant to be a 10:30 pace, so I am very happy with my efforts. Especially since the last few runs I've done on land have typcially fallen in the 10:45 pace range. I was also excited to see that I even managed some negative splits.
I'm excited to continue the RLRF process throughout March and increasing my speed and endurance before training for the Hudson Mohawk Marathon. I'll definitely be in a better position physically and mentally to train properly and reach my marathon goals. I also want to say a GIANT thanks for all the support and encouragement with my decision to run another marathon. I'm looking forward to training these upcoming months and sharing it!