Today I accomplished one of my long runs! I am training for the Tar Heel 10-miler road race on April 26th! http://tarheel10miler.com/ is the link in case you want to sign up to run with me :) The race is in 3 weeks and I am very excited! It has been a year since my last road race, and I can’t wait to get back out there! I got up to 10 miles today, but at a slower pace (about 9 minute miles). It was a really warm day, and the thin layer of pollen everywhere really dehydrated me.
For my marathon runners, I know that 10 miles isn’t THAT long.. but for me it was a really great accomplishment! I really enjoy my long runs. I had no running loop in mind for today. I just laced up and left. I ran all around campus just enjoying the beautiful North Carolina April weather. I ran past the Bell Tower, the Old Well, and all of the students going to and from their dorms to who knows where. My mind just wandered, as did my feet for 10 miles. I had my Garmin GPS running watch and figured I would stop when I wanted to. It was the most therapeutic thing I could have done on a Saturday afternoon. I ran through the arboretum (small garden like area on campus) and I honestly had to stop in my tracks for a second to take this picture.
I can’t believe how beautiful this place is!! My run reminded me of how lucky I am to live in Chapel Hill. After finishing my run, I walked in the door of my apartment, sweating and grinning from ear to ear. I am not sure if it’s the "runner’s high" or just a “Chapel Hill” high I am on right now.. but no matter what it is, I am loving it.
You all have some fun this weekend!