The 2020 Virtual Durrell Challenge started Sept 26, 2020 and ends Monday Sept 28, 2020. I took the liberty of doing my run today, Sunday the 27th around Oak Grove Lake. The course is exactly 1.5 miles around it was the perfect day to run.
One catch though, I didn't train at all. I know, I know, I should've! It's not like I didn't know I was going to do it, just strength training got the best of me these past few weeks. Haven't you ever committed to something you didn't train or practice for and still pushed yourself?? I can't even begin to express how happy I was to finish.
There were so many looming thoughts like, 'Do I really want to finish this?' or 'Shit, my hips hurt!' or 'Why did I committ to this?' and even, 'I should just stop now, I'm SO tired.' Running is all about the mental trip. In all honesty, it wasn't even as bad as some of those thoughts I was having. I wasn't sure if I'd make it, 5.5 times around and by the 3rd round my hips were getting really tight and my strides weren't as long. Even my right arm kept getting tight and my middle and ring finger started to swell. But, I just kept one foot in front of the other and tried not to think about it too much.
Before I knew it, I'd hit the five mile mark.