|Date:||4/4/2009 5:30 AM|
|Course:||5 x 2 = 10|
|Pace:||11:36 / mile|
|Weather:||44° F, Sunny|
VO2 Max: 26.9
Ten miles was on the schedule this week. We are actually done with the Hal Higdon training, but decided to repeat the last week, since Lisa said she wished she had had one more long run on the schedule.
We walked down to Starbucks, because that was our halfway and ending point of our run. I made two five mile loops around the city, with our two favorite routes.
The first five were uneventful, but joyous. How is it that I’m liking this? We stopped for a brief pit stop at Mile 1. It was 44 degrees, and 5:30am, so I had on a hat and my sweatshirt wrapped around my waist. Mile 4 is when we head over the catwalk. I was just trying to keep my head on the first five.
We stopped at Starbucks. I changed to the Headsweats I won at Quadrathon last summer. Tossed the hat and sweats, tried to do a pretzel, but it is not good. I will have to be all liquid. Had some Vanilla Hammer Gel in a half bottle of water, so that was great. However, we stopped a bit too long.
Mile 6 was over the beast, which took 4 minutes. It’s the overpass by the truckstop. At Mile 7, we turned right into the sunrise. I had to keep my head down or the sun would be directly in my eyes. Kim took off at Mile 8. She just had a burst of energy. I thought I had slowed down, but no…she rocked it. At Mile 9, I had a twinge in both sets of toes. I had to take off the headphones and actually talk to myself.
Remember, you have one mile to go. You can do one mile. Keep going. [I looked at my shadow in the brick wall] and said…Okay, time to lose a quick five pounds before the Half, because you’re just carting these things around with you.
I have recommitted to lose these pounds that have attached themselves to me like starving chiggers.
Kim was 2 minutes ahead of me, so I just could see her turn a block ahead of me.
At Mile 10, I was immediately grateful. Grateful that I could finish. That I have 10 in the books.
I want to thank some bloggers who helped me with support. Glenn in particular posted a nugget on how to get through all ten miles, and I really used it. I’m always amazed when fast runners like Aron shout out. So thanks, and thanks to Spike, Eric, Xenia, Rural Runner, Brian and the nice thoughts from the rest of you yesterday. Really. This blogging thing is the reason I’m still running. Sarah, PS: I love the Daily Plate!!!
I ran a marathon this week. Finished the week with 26.2 miles exactly. Sweet.