This morning my friend, Holly and I set out for a long run starting at around 8:30am. My husband drove us up to the top of the Pocatello Marathon route, where the temperature was 11 degrees ~ almost 10 degrees colder than it was down by our house! I love running this route, though, because the first 6 miles are mostly downhill. It's an exhilarating feeling to run through the mountains, and as the sun rose higher, the trees and ground were glistening and sparkling from the ice and snow. It was so beautiful.
So, when I run with Holly, I get in my tough workout for the week. We ran 14.5 miles in 2 hours and 34 minutes, and that was including walking breaks. That's an average pace of 10:37min./mile. As tired as I was when we finished, it felt great knowing I had pushed through the rough spots and forced my body completely out of it's comfort zone. That's where we grow, right? So Holly was able to get in a long run before she leaves later this week with her sweet family for a trip to Disney World in Florida, thanks to the Make-a-Wish foundation and their son, 5 year old Cooper beating cancer! I'm so happy for them!