Hi friends! When I started running in June 2009, the 5k distance seemed like it was the longest distance ever. And it was, considering that I couldn’t run for more than a minute without gasping for breath. After I finished my first 5k, I was hooked. I had to cut back slightly on running from IT band issues but I signed up for a Turkey Trot and definitely had the race bug. It’s been less than a year since my first 5k, and I am now confident that I will be able to rock my first half-marathon next month. Why, you ask? I ran my first double digit run EVER 🙂 Ten miles, baby! I woke up this morning feeling nervous. I had run the Boilermaker (9.3 miles) but that was back in July and it was my longest run to date. Up to the Boilermaker, my longest training run was eight miles. I knew I could get ten done but it didn’t stop the nervousness.
After eating a graham cracker with maple peanut butter I headed over to the park with my garmin fully charged and my iPod loaded with a bunch of new tunes I purchased last night (Jessie’s Girl anyone? haha). The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS. High 60s/low 70s with virtually no humidity. The loop I run is 1.75 miles so I figured I would run around that three times, stop at my car for a water refill/gu stop and then finish the run going in the opposite direction.
The path was crowded but not too much so. I love the camaraderie of other runners- always a friendly smile and wave or head nod. The local high school track team was practicing. If you want to feel old and slow, run while the high school athletes are practicing :p . I maintained a decent clip and stopped at my car at 5.25 miles. The chocolate mint gu is seriously so delicious and I was looking forward to it the whole first half of the run. As of late I’ve noticed that when I am running and then stop for a minute the sweat starts pouring out. Does this happen to anyone else?
I finished out the rest of the run going in the opposite direction, which changed it up a bit. The last mile and a half the bottoms of my feet were starting to ache, but nothing crazy. Once the garmin hit ten I stopped and laid down on the grass under a tree. Am I the only one that fantasizes about plopping down on the grass during a run? haha. I started to stretch but stopped when I discovered a bunch of ants crawling all over me. Yikes.
Ten miles done and done!
Total time: 1:47:23
- Mile 1: 10:30
- Mile 2: 10:34
- Mile 3: 10:33
- Mile 4: 10:45
- Mile 5: 10:48
- Mile 6: 10:53
- Mile 7: 10:45
- Mile 8: 11:01
- Mile 9: 11:01
- Mile 10: 10:36
I’m looking to finish my first half under 2:30, and I’m thinking I can do it with these numbers!
I came home and stretched, had a delicious everything bagel egg sandwich and then had my first ice bath! Holy crap it was freezing! I went in the tub with my running gear on and I could literally feel my legs constricting. They were especially tight in my calf/ankle area. I’m hoping that this means I won’t be as sore tomorrow! I got used to the temperature after about two minutes and *almost* felt comfortable.
I have had the runner’s high all day. This is why I love running so much! The feeling you get from a great run is just amazing 😀
After relaxing I decided to take my vibrams on their maiden voyage (while wearing my compression sleeves) and took Bailey for a walk in them. That must have been a sight for sore eyes, let me tell ya. The neighbors probably think I’m loco 😀 They’re probably right.
I’m off to bake cookies for my soldier 🙂 Stop by Heather’s blog to congratulate her- she PRed in a race today! Tomorrow my blog friend Molly will be running her first marathon-I’ll be sending happy marathon vibes her way! Good night peeps!