The picture above is of a section of Lorane Highway. It's rolling to flat and wide open... which means ALL of the elements meet you and oftentimes kick you right in the nuts! But that's real right? That's what its like. You can't shelter yourself in training b/c there aint no shelter in the race. Right? Am I right? Uh huh. I am... just ask me! Anyway... there are also mile markers on this road which makes it perfect for figuring out things like saaaaaaaay, your Ironman marathon pace? Yup! Last Monday I had my longest run of the season thus far and it went down like this:
1 hour warm up. Just plodding along in zone 1. During that first hour the weather kicked me in the nuts numerous times... but I felt so relaxed... so calm. Quick stop at my car to throw on my new racing flats... they're BRIGHT OBNOXIOUS YELLOW!!!! I put those things on and took off heading into the wind. The next thing I know I'm ticking off miles well below my proposed IM pace and barely tapping into mid zone 2. Yeah... I KNOW! Isn't that cool! I felt like a complete rockstar!!! I did that for the next 45 minutes and then dropped the hammer and went into zone 3 for the next 20 min which would be crazy fast for me in a marathon at my ripe old age! Then cooled down in low zone 2 for the next 10 min. IT WAS SO FUN!
Here's the thing... every time I have a workout like this... it opens my eyes to possibilities. It also reminds me: I love the struggle and the fight and the tears and the pain and the dejection... but I ALSO love these small samplings of success.
Here's to possibilities.
Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope you're all happy, healthy, and whole.
High 5 Sistah Girlfriend!