It’s 5:10 a.m. as I write this, and I am literally off to the races! Today at 8 a.m. I’ll run my first-ever 20-miler…20 freaking miles, all in one fell swoop! It sounds fantasically insane, the Black Cat 20 Miler does. I can’t wait to start 🙂
I feel like I’ve earned the right to run longer distances at a quality pace through lots of speed work over the course of the past 10 or so weeks. I’ve gone from “Single Speed CJ” to a girl who now has several speeds–I can run at paces including 7:05, 7:30, and 8:30, not just jogger-girl 10:00–and I know each of these when I feel it even before consulting my Garmin. But there are of course, so my unknowns, not the last of which is this darn heel of mine. Who knows what spell it may cast on my day.
I am also buoyed by two other facts: First, I have a new friend–the new-friend-of-the-opposite-sex type of friend–who is joining me at this race. 🙂 It will be our first race together and of course I am hoping it’s the first of many. 🙂 Second, I just found out my big sis is coming to see me on Marathon Monday, all the way from North Carolina! 🙂 Yeah! I love her! She is fantastic! So I have many reasons to smile through all these miles, yes I do.
Off to Salem I go–no broomstick here, just my trusty minivan. Channel positive thoughts my way! 🙂
Enjoy your morning–more later!