Holy runner's high! I'm beginning to see how runners become addicted to this sport.
Yesterday I surprised myself. I accomplished something I never thought I would until recently. I ran 10 miles! In a row! And I lived to tell about it!
I'd like to personally hug Jeff Galloway, because without him, I never would have gotten past 5K. My body just can't run non-stop. I've tried. I've failed. It's probably where my dislike of running came from in the first place. I'm following his half-marathon training plan (to finish in an upright position). It was supposed to be a 9.5 mile run, but I wanted the 10, so I went for it. I ran the entire 10 miles with a run:walk ratio of 90 sec run and 30 sec walk. I ran it on a relatively flat course with long, gradual hills here and there, much less hilly then my neighborhood loops. I even ran through the cemetery and visited my daughter's 'special place'. I did take a 60 second break to spend a minute with her. It was serene. My time was 1:51:11 which averages out to an 11:07 pace. My first mile was about a 10 min mile. I gradually slow down with distance, but my overall pace is faster than it was when I was running shorter distances! The last 1.5 mile was tough, I was tired, but I was determined.
Uh-oh. Is that competitive drive I hear in my words.
Who am I?
I started my run at 7 am. It was 48 degrees and a gorgeous sunny morning. Well, the sun wasn't quite 'up' yet, but it was a clear, crisp, fall morning. Near perfect weather to run in. So much better than the heat and humidity of the past few months. Runkeeper is my companion as is my half-marathon running mix. I wear one ear bud when running on the road and keep the volume low. I had a Cliff shot mocha and a Zico chocolate coconut water before I ran and another Cliff shot about mile 4.5-5. I wore my water belt and consumed all my water but it was just enough. I wore my Skirt Sport tank and running skirt. Love them! I started out with a light sweatshirt for the first 2 miles, but shed it after that. I do understand the benefit of running sleeves now. I might have to invest in a pair.
I am proud of me! I rewarded myself with a cider doughnut! OK, two of them. :-)
Next up, a local 5K on the occasion of a running buddy's 40th birthday! Yay!