I had my first long run of my official training today. The hardest part of the run was getting out the door. I had a super-busy weekend. I was trying to finish making Christmas presents and wrap Christmas presents and write Christmas cards and do laundry so Matt could pack, etc. At 4:00 I drove Matt to meet his parents half way between Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Matt is going to spend a few days at home before we travel to Louisiana for Christmas. It will give Matt a chance to spend some time with his parents and will give me a few days at home by myself to work later hours without distractions before I leave the office for a few days.
So, since I was so busy this weekend, I didn't want to take the time to do my long run. I started thinking about all of the things I could do with that time instead of run. Matt is usually pretty good about getting me out the door, but I had just dropped him off for the weekend, so he wasn't even here to give me a little shove. It came down to the fact that I knew I would be mad at myself later if I didn't do my long run today. I know that feeling from plenty of experience over the years and I hate it enough that I finally got myself out the door.
The run felt good. I was pleased that the 10 miles wasn't incredibly difficult. I kept a pretty good long run pace and felt confident and comfortable. I'm glad that I've made a point of keeping up my long runs since my half-marathon in November. In addition to making my life easier today, it is really going to have a positive impact on my marathon training overall.