I made the journey to Jacksonville Florida last weekend to see my childhood friend as well as my favorite band The Joy Formidable. They announced a show and I bought ticket and booked my flights. Yes, they are that good.
Two days before I departed my friend asked me if I had signed up for the Gate River Run 15k, so I decided I had to do this. My plans were to run a 12 miler on that day, but if I can do this and see more of the area and rub elbows with the fine people of Jacksonville. I had a ton of fun running the course and conquering the Hart Bridge aka, 'The Green Monster'. I was a bit nervous about my knee and he sweat really did a number on the tape. But the good news is it felt pretty good and I kept a pretty good 8:06 average for the first 8 miles. The incline of the bridge was a huge challenge and cut into my pace pretty hard. I'm really tempted to make this a scheduled run for next year as well. It was just great running in temps that were not 18 degrees and seeing a lot of people I've missed.
I'm conflicted with this run. I had a goal of 20 miles and only turned in 16, of course I told myself that the 20 miles pace would be much slower than what I actually turned in. The bright side is I'm coming off of the best month of mileage I've ever completed in February. Despite another slight case of the flu I pulled off 101 miles. In the past this has been a relatively scant month for distance... typically 65ish. And another bright side is that it was a great way to start the month. Last year on this day I only did 8 due to a calve issue and cautiously venturing out again.
Yes I can beat myself up for coming up 4 miles short, and I can also celebrate the fact that I'm in pretty good shape for the St. Louis marathon on April 7th. My goal is to stay healthy, work more on my diet, and concentrate on shorter speed workouts as well as slower long runs. And stick to that slow pace. Next week I'll be traveling to Jacksonville FL to see my childhood friend and attend a concert. And excited to get in some running while I'm down there is warmer temps.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.