The second long run.
I procrastinated. (Huge shock.)
The long runs make training real. The real thoughts of:
-I think I hate running
-This is NOT fun
-I'm still running
-Seriously how much longer
Between miles 2 and 3.5 I was seriously questioning my commitment to this. But something clicked at mile 3.5 and I hit my stride.
I'm still trying to figure out where to actually run for my long runs and not keep running in circles, and I alllmoooost made it this time but had to double back about half a mile to finish it out.
7 miles, 1:09. And can I brag for two seconds and say that my first mile was 8:21?!?! Crazy legs.