Tuesday evening was a bit on the warm side, about 81 degrees at the start. I have been worried about the first 4 miles of the Boilermaker course since the beginning of the GTD program. There I was finally facing it. I have been running fairly well (for me) over the past week. I have managed to run the entire distance for each outing in Week 5.
Up until this point, I have accepted the fact that I would likely need to walk up the hill at Valley View but, that I would try to run the first 3 miles up to that point. So, even though I would have liked to keep my "no-walking" streak going, I was resigned to the idea that I may need to walk up at least a portion of that last hill.
|More than 1/2 the Boilermaker!|
Maybe I could do this! No walking, I was determined to make it to the end and keep my streak alive. Before leaving the house, I told my son that I was running for him; I was dressed all in red - his favorite color. So for him, as I turned the corner at the bottom of Valley View Road I decided that I would run up that hill before me and down the other side to the end. I did!
I knew the view from the parking area at the top was beautiful but, it has never been so amazing as it was after running uphill for 4 miles to get there. What a feeling to throw my arms in the air and marvel at the view and the sense of accomplisment for making it to that point. From there it was about a mile downhill to the tennis courts. Although tired, I finished feeling that I could have continued on. Imagine that...