12 Miles

Yup, it’s true. Yesterday I ran 12 miles.

From here, to here. I ran the entire length of the bike path from Venice Beach (MDR), through Santa Monica, to Will Rogers State Beach. The bike path starts in Venice and ends right past Temescal Cyn Rd. I ran that. Yup. It’s true.

I haven’t really been keeping up on my running blogs. After I hit 11 miles right before Christmas, I ran 10 miles (long runs) several times  over Christmas the the first few weeks of January and then began to increase my weekly training runs (4 or 5 miles instead of 2 or 3 miles for each run).  But the half-marathon, is in two weeks. Half-marathon = 13.1 miles.  So I needed to run 12 miles yesterday… to push my wall back.

But I’d been getting a little nervous because up until last week, I’d been having a strange pain in my left foot. In the arch. Caleb, one of my running coaches, suggested 2 oz miracles. So I bought them last week and have been running with them for a few days now…

And I did not have ANY pain yesterday!  Except for a Kansas-sized blister…  But other than that – NO ARCH PAIN!  YAY!!  I also wore a cotton tank and got a bit chaffed on the insides of my arms.  Sad.  But regardless, it was a gorgeous run.  The sun was beautiful and the temperature was perfect.  And I felt strong at the end.  Except for that dang blister!

Ryan drove us to Venice.  I took off for my run and after he found parking (an achievement in itself!), he walked up the Venice boardwalk and hung out at the Starbucks.  He was waiting for me when I finished and he drove us home.  It was so nice to have him there.

When I ran my first 7-miler (and blogged it) months ago, Sarita said that it does get easier.  It think it’s more appropriately said that it gets easier to push yourself harder.  I’m certainly running faster now (at a comfortably slow pace), than when I first started.  And when I do my “short runs” I’m able to push myself harder and go even faster for a longer period.  It’s exciting!

So for the next two weeks, I’m supposed to taper.  This means I start running shorter distances.  So I’m like a horse at the gate on race day.  Whoo hoo!

P.S. By the way, I ran 12 miles in 2 hours and 24 minutes.  I feel good about that.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarita says:

    WHAT a great course for 12 miles! Lots of great scenery to keep you distracted. Or at least help! That is FABULOUS girl. 12 miles! and now you are tapering… you are doing it!

    Which 1/2 marathon are you doing? That is going to be a splendid event for you.

    I’ll be praying for your arches, your blisters and your chaffing. 🙂

  2. Fay says:

    I’m so proud of you! I too will be praying for those arches and heels and toes…and arms and legs…

  3. stephanie says:

    wow! that’s so awesome. you are amazing!

  4. Amy Renzulli says:

    Way to go, Gillian! This is just the start of many more great things to come! Your dreams are not so far off.

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