Hello Double Digits
Well, I officially have 10 miles under my belt. Am I jumping up and down with pride? Not so much. Today’s run definitely isn’t on my list of great runs. It’s still an accomplishment because I did it, but it was long, slow, and hard. Honestly, I was hurting by mile 5, if not earlier. I kept telling myself I’d done longer with no trouble, so it was just an off day. And it was just an off day- I know the next one will be better. Well, I hope! Still, every inch covered is an inch closer to my goal. At least now I know I can continue even when it hurts. I felt like I had the stamina to last for the two hours it took me to go 10 miles, but my lower half just wasn’t cooperating. My legs felt like cement blocks the first few miles. I finally stopped and stretched quickly, and felt loads better after that. I never really got into a good rhythm though. The last mile or so was an embarrassing effort of run-walk-shuffle. I least I managed not to crawl 😉
Well you can’t win them all. If it was easy everyone would do it 🙂 It’s warm and sunshine-y out, and I can’t think of a better way to spend two hours enjoying the beautiful weekend. It was pushing 60! I can’t wait for spring- I hope we don’t skip straight to summer. I almost forgot what it’s like to sweat during a run!
I’m not really sure exactly how far I ran- I ran along the Greenway starting at this sign:
It says Strawberry Road is 5.4 miles away, so I figured if I ran most of the way there and came back I’d hit around 10. I just got a new Nike+ sensor- I just stuck it on my shoe and ran without bothering to calibrate it. In hindsight I probably should have.
I ended up running all the way to Strawberry Road- I even saw the sign at the other end that said my starting point was 5.4 miles the other way. I only kept running because my Nike+ said I wasn’t even at 5 miles yet. Grr. So it ended up saying I did 10.13 miles in 1:54:25, meaning 11:17 per mile. But according to the trail signs I ran 10.8 miles, which would put me at 10:35. I hate not knowing exactly. Both slow, but the 10:35 makes me feel a lot better. I’m going with that one 🙂
There were SO many people on the Greenway today!! Not surprising since it was the first nice weekend in a looong time. I like being able to people watch 🙂 Most of the path backs up to houses, and there was a guy burning his Christmas tree. (Gee not late at all there buddy….) Gulping pine smoke definitely provided for an interesting lung sensation.
After my run I spent a little quality time with my friend ice:
Along with a hot chai tea latte to keep me warm. Yum.
Then some lunch. Part of a veggie burger left over from last night and a mango. I love mango but man those suckers are hard to cut! I know how you’re supposed to cut them (cut around the pit, score into cubes, cut away from skin) but those buggers are crazy slippery! I did the best I could. SO GOOD.
Well off to enjoy the rest of the weekend! (Wow time really disappears when you spend two hours running!)