I was dreading this weekend. I knew that I had to start getting some longer runs in since the half is staring me in the face in just three short weeks. My long run last weekend was 8 miles so I wanted to step it up a notch and get in a 10 miler. My plan was to do it on Saturday but they were calling for rain (it finally arrived late last night) so I stayed inside and did some strength training instead.
That meant that I was going to have to do it today. And I almost didn’t. We all slept in LATE this morning. I don’t know if I should be embarrassed that we slept so late or if I should be bragging at how wonderful my children are that the let us sleep in that late! Let’s just say by the time I got up and dressed it was more feasible to go ahead and eat lunch than to even worry with breakfast!
I ate an egg, two pieces of turkey bacon and some bread (and a bite of cake). I usually don’t eat any of that for breakfast…usually I have oatmeal. I was out the door about a half hour later. That was mistake number one. I really should have waited longer after eating but I was anxious to get going.
The first four miles went pretty easy. We have a new road opening up in our subdivision and there is a nice sidewalk there. I enjoyed those first four miles. At mile five I stopped at the park and got some water. The next few miles were slow. I tried to eat some energy beans at mile 5 but I’m finding that I’m just not into eating while running. I should have brought a Gu with me instead but I really wanted to try the beans instead. Maybe I need to try some mini-Snickers bars! I’ve never in my life turned down a Snickers bar!
I planned a trip back around to the park for more water at mile 8 and I walked almost the entire mile. I had purposefully avoided our street the entire time because I knew if I went down it that I would want to stop and quit!
I picked up my pace again after mile 9 and finished 10 miles just as my house came into sight! It was quite a feeling of accomplishment.
Mile 1: 11:25
Mile 2: 12:27
Mile 3: 13:13
Mile 4: 12:49
Mile 5: 12:58
Mile 6: 13:37
Mile 7: 12:58
Mile 8: 14:07
Mile 9: 13:57
Mile 10: 11:50
Average pace: 12:56 min/mile
Calories burned: 1432 (HOLY MOLEY!)
I finished 10 miles in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 30 seconds. Which means that my goal of finishing the half in less than 3:30 is totally within reach and my (secret) goal of finishing in less than 3 hours is actually a possibility.
Only THREE more weeks until 13.1! I’m getting excitedly nervous!