i’m a runner.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon on June 5th with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. So far, I’ve raised over $2500 for blood cancer patients in Louisiana.

Until today, my longest training run was 8 miles. {Before I continue I have a confession: I don’t run the whole way. I do run/walk intervals: run .25 miles/walk 1 minute or run .50 miles/walk 1 minute — my goal is to run at least .75 miles/walk 1 by June 5th. I know some people think it’s not real running if you walk, but I don’t really care what they say. When I first started trying to run in December, I could barely run for 2 minutes without feeling like my lungs would explode. Now I can run an entire mile without walking. I use the walk breaks to conserve my energy so I can finish each run feeling strong and confident enough to push myself a little further the next time. One day I’ll be running marathons with no stopping, but for now this works for me. So yeah, I’m a runner.}

Back to today. Today was my first 10-miler. I was running on barely 5 hours of sleep and had an Ethics final at 1:30pm (apparently Saturday finals are normal in law school.) but after practically forcing myself out of bed, I felt confident that I could make it all happen.

So without further digression,

Jerrell’s Lessons Learned on a 10 Mile Run:

1. Maybe it’s just me, but everything always looks beautiful when you’re running. I love how the trees grow in the water here in New Orleans. They make the dirty Mississippi River look gorgeous.

2. Running without music is so refreshing. My dad always says that people who can’t ride in the car without music aren’t comfortable with their own thoughts. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know that running without music forces me to stay alert and it helps me focus. Somehow, yelling at myself (in my mind, of course) to push myself up a hill works  so much better than blasting “All I Do Is Win.”

3. Running burns SO many calories. I had to force myself to eat a piece of whole wheat toast with almond butter and low-sugar strawberry preserves at 5:30 am this morning. Halfway through the run I felt like I should’ve eaten the whole loaf of bread. Thankfully I brought a pack of GU chomps with me, but still afterwards I went straight to Whole Foods for a little “replenishment.”

(p.s. my Garmin says that I burned 1,311 calories today. ALL I DO IS WIN.)

4. After your first 10 mile run, your legs (especially knees and shins) will absolutely hate you. Also, it’s not smart to sit with your legs bent while cramming for a final, taking said final, and then going straight to study group to cram for your next final without taking some time to ice first. Not smart at all. I’ve been hobbling around like someone’s 94 year old grandmother all day.

5. That whole runner’s high thing: totally true. I’ve never felt better. Old lady legs and all.

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