I'm running the NJ Half-Marathon again this year. Saturday, I was supposed to run 12 miles, according to my training schedule. Since I haven't done my "long training runs" for the past 2 weekends, thanks to Bethany's Wedding and Easter, I was pretty skeptical that I'd get very far. Planning for the worst, I decided I'd piece together 2 of my running routes (for a total of 11 miles), bringing me right past our street after 5 miles.
The first 5 miles felt pretty good. Even still, I wasn't looking forward to going back out on another "loop". Until I turned the corner and saw this...
Obviously, I don't run with my camera, this is a re-creation!
You can only imagine how much my spirit was lifted. I might have even teared up a little! I stopped for a few seconds, drank some of the Gatorade and headed back out.
I only wish the kids had found a way to wait for me at mile 8.5. Right after the pretty substantial hill I had completely forgotten about.