Saturday, September 3, 2011

Double Digits for First Day of Half Marathon Training

Morning Run
This morning 's run was the official start to my half marathon training. The plan called for 10 miles at a 10 minute/mile pace. I will just say this right here and now, that kind of pace feels harder to me than a 9 min/mile pace. It just feels so heavy, just harder. I understand the concept of going slow for an easy long run. But sometimes you have to do what is best for you right? (you're supposed to agree now)

And as as disclaimer, there is absolutely nothing wrong if that is your normal pace. I'm by no means fast so I hope no one gets the wrong idea. Definitely not trying to put anyone down. 

I got up and was planning on trying to start the run by 7:15 at the latest. I was having some tummy troubles that delayed me just a bit. So I got started at 7:35. Not a huge time difference, but when it's hot, every minute you can get in before the sun is up and blazing, the better.

It was about 80 degrees when I started the run. But the humidity was low and there was a very nice breeze blowing. It really didn't feel that bad. And it was a bit hazy or overcast, so that helped too. I had a general route in mind that I assumed would put me at my 10 mile goal.

The only problem is that part of the route is new so I can't really map it. I am going to have to get Jason to ride the route and check the mileage for me. Anyway, I got going and was just really in a good mood. I made it a point to slow my pace down, trying to gauge based on my heart rate because I don't know any mile markers this particular direction. Anyway, this route puts you running through a very shaded, path. Lovely and relaxing.

Today was one of those days when everything seemed to be clicking. I had a stupid smile plastered on my face the majority of the run. I was waving and saying hi to anyone and everyone. I planned the route to get back to my car at about an hour in so that I could refill my water and take my GU (and wipe off the sweat). I swear, if I got paid to sweat, I'd be one rich lady.

I was now headed down my usual path where I do know the mile points. I checked and I was doing about a 9:30 minute/mile. So I was indeed going slower than normal, and it was a very comfortable pace for me. I could have held a conversation fairly easily (I think). So I bebopped my way on for another 4 miles to complete the run.

Because I really didn't know the mileage, I went for time. Even though I know I was going faster than the prescribed 10 min/mile, I rounded it out for sake of ease - I ran 1 hour and 40 minutes because that would be 10 miles at that pace. So I probably got in just a little over 10, but nothing dramatic.

I will say that today I felt like I could have pulled out 13 miles. Just one of those awesome days I guess. Going into the run, I had a very positive attitude. I wasn't nervous about the mileage, I wasn't dreading it, I was actually very proud knowing I was going to accomplish my goal ahead.

So, officially back in the double-digit club!

Post-Run
I got home and stretched and rolled on my Triggerpoint Therapy Kit for about 30 minutes. I really wanted to make sure to roll out any kinks from the run. I really feel like I've finally figured out post-run recovery for MY body.

I remember the first few 10-mile runs left me absolutely wiped out and slightly gimped up feeling too. Now my recovery is so much different. I feel more like I ran 6 miles not 10.

My sister is on her way up to stay the night. We're going for a late lunch then over to some friends' house to watch the Razorbacks play their first game of the season. Not really a sports fan, but it's only pay-per-view and I know Jason wants to watch it. So, that's what the day ahead will be for me.

I hope you all have a fantastic Saturday!

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Morning run
  • Sister time
  • Time with friends