This morning I did a long run with my sister. By far, this has been my favorite run yet (besides running a little bit with Bill in the Philly marathon last year but that is a "race" so this is my favorite training run) since I was able to run it with my sister! She is training for her first marathon - Disney - in January. She hates running but is running for Team in Training and raising money for leukemia. She works for TNT in DC so was inspired by people she works with.
As soon as we got out of the car once we got to Kelly Drive, it started raining, and kind of hard. Our cousin met us and ran the first loop with us. It was raining most of the time, but it didn't seem to bother us - we were just soaked. This was a really slow run for me - between 11 and 12 minute miles most of the time. It was fine though, and I had to stop and walk whenever I felt pressure. I made a new world record of not having to go to the bathroom! There were tons of people still out in the rain biking, running, & walking, and there was a regatta going on down on the river. It was a good run and time because I don't get to spend as much time with my sister as I did (3+ hours) running today. Also since I'm kind of too competitive, any other time I've ran with her, I've had to run again later at a faster pace to cover my miles for the day or just to go faster. So it was nice not worrying about the pace and just running!
We ran 16 miles, we did one loop of Kelly drive to 8 miles and turned around and ran back. It took over 3 hours (3:11). But it was great, the time passed by quickly and I really enjoyed it.
In the beginning I was thinking, Oh god, this is going to take FOREVER! But it ended up flying by and was really enjoyable! It also built some confidence that I can run Philly in 2 weeks at this slow pace and walk whenever I need to, and I think that I can finish. I didn't feel like I was putting any undue stress on my body and it just kind of felt like an easy pace and run.
I was going to bring my camera along and take pics, but no go in the rain.
Running in the rain - kind of fun :)
Running with my sis - priceless!