I just completed a 10 mile run this morning in Berkeley. It’s been six years since I’ve done any type of running with distance. Two things got me back into it. First, I was challenged by a friend. Its always great to have someone push you. Second, I was mentally ready to take on the challenge (and knew I needed the exercise), and I wasn’t going to let this challenge pass me up.
Jen, hits above her weight and height when it comes to challenges. Over the last four weeks she pushed me on a couple training runs, first a six miler (2x around the Lafayette reservoir), and then 8 miles on the Moraga trail, before this week’s 10 mile run. It felt great. It wasn’t the fastest time (1:33). Jen beat me by 10 minutes. But by the time I got to mile 7, I felt like I was back in the groove.
This run reminded me a lot of the first backpacking trip I take each summer. I typically start my first day on the trail with some level of basic fitness, but I’m no where near where I need to be to make it all they way to Whitney and beyond. But that’s OK. When I hit the trail, I’m mentally prepared for the challenge, and I know that my body will respond and adjust along the way.
Usually, by day 3, I feel like I’m hitting my stride. That was my mile 7 today. For me, the first three miles were tougher than the last three miles.
No one is ever quite fully ready for their first TSX Challenge trek each season, but a little bit of physical and mental preparation can get you though a tough day one and day two until your body responds and you hit your stride (everyone strides at their own pace!).
Here’s a pic of Jen and I at the finish line. Thanks Jen!