A month or two ago, I saw a promotion for a virtual run that was going to be hosted by Gone for a Run.
I knew I had to sign up…because I am Auburnchick…the one who runs for bling.
I tagged my friend, Rebecca, and suggested that we do it together.
She was all in and signed up too.
We set a date to run virtually together. October 25. She’d be on vacation, and I wouldn’t have to go in and teach teenagers that day because of an all-day meeting.
I received a text message around 2pm my time…
She was about to embark on her run.
Doesn’t she look awesome?!
Meanwhile, I was sitting in a meeting, doing the teacher-nerd thing…
I wanted to be outside so badly, but I knew that my turn would come.
I rushed home, changed clothes, and prepared to set out.
Rebecca texted me again. She’d finished! She sent me pictures to prove it.
Meanwhile, I queued up a podcast I’ve been listening to of late…
I’d loosely planned my route…halfway around my neighborhood, around my friend, M’s, and back to my neighborhood and around a couple of times.
A word about the run itself.
I’ve been doing walk/run intervals. My BIG goal has been, for a year now, to run an entire 5k. Because I do not train consistently, I haven’t achieved that yet.
I’ve been slowly increasing my run intervals and had gotten up to running 1.25 miles with .25-mile rests. For some reason, when I exited M’s neighborhood, I’d hit two miles and thought, “Self, why don’t you try for three? You’re over halfway there!”
And so my tired legs kept pumping, and I ran.
I did not stop until I got home.
Y’all, I ran 3.1 straight miles!!!!!
With the random exception of a couple of runs two years ago, I’ve never run (not walked) this far before!!!
Woo hoo! Now, if I can do this in a real-life race, I’d be thrilled!
I sent my own selfies to Rebecca, and we celebrated together, several states away.
Forget Ghouls on the Run. This race should have been titled “Girls on the Run.”
Love ya, Rebecca! Thanks for doing this race with me!