The run went a little something like this:
Miles 1-9: Holy crap. This is going to be a long hard run. How the heck am I going to run 15?
Miles 10-11: Ok, maybe it will work out and I'll get it done.
Mile 12: Hey, feeling better, things are looking up
Mile 13: Ok, getting kind of tired but running strong.
Mile 14: Still not done eh?
Mile 15: Hey, I'm doing it. I'm running 15 miles. Yup- I'm tired, I'm sore, but I'm still running.
With an elevation profile like this- I think I know why the first part was so mentally (and physically) tough:
|not sure why part of the graph is cut off- can't seem to fix it. but there were 15 miles and one more downhill!|
The best part of the run was feeling tired but strong at the end. Miles 13, 14, and 15 were our fastest (although looking at the elevation are you surprised?).
I finished feeling tired but happy with my first 15 miles. I also finished feeling happy that my half marathon won't be quite as hilly!
How do you usually feel when you've accomplished a new challenge? Does it leave you exhausted or energized?