Monday, September 9, 2013

10 Miles for the Fall 5 or 10 Mile Virtual Race


Laura at Mommy Run Fast has put together another virtual race series - Fall 5 or 10 Mile. In the spring, I participated in her 5 by the 5th Challenge and really enjoyed it. It gave me something to work towards, especially recovering from my blood clot.

The Fall Challenge is a bit different. This time you can choose to run 5 or 10 miles by the 5th of each month. I kind of like the challenge of the increased mileage. I do have a half marathon coming up at the end of October, so my plan is to go for the 10 miles throughout this challenge.

Last Monday, I had planned on getting in my 10 miles, but it was one of those runs where I had to wave the white flag and call it quits at 9 miles. I could have just logged 5, because I technically had done those miles. But that's not how my mind works. I was determined to do the 10.

Thursday ended up being my day. It was also the 5th, so I kind of had to do it that day or only log the 5 miles. Lucky for me, Thursday ended up being a pretty good day for me. I had much fresher legs than on Monday, so that was a bonus right there. I started off with Jason, and we got in just shy of 5 miles together.

I continued on and found myself increasing my speed, so I decided to throw in tempo work into the long run. This made me focus more on my running and a lot less on what had happened on Tuesday. Though, part of the speed was from feeling a little jumpy still.

It was a great tactic and I rocked out my tempo miles so the run went by quickly for me. I stopped at mile 10 to take a picture of my time so I could record it for the challenge, then continued on for one more mile for 11 total.

11 miles before work kind of makes you feel like a badass. Very accomplished! Of course, by about 10 you're ready to crawl under your desk for a nap ;-)

Do you run long runs during the week? Are you participating in this virtual challenge?