Congrats to everyone who ran races this weekend. So many great race reports out there!
What another beautiful weekend. The weather was perfect. I love these fall days when there is no rain and the temperature is crisp.
On Saturday I went out for an "easy" 5 mile run. My plan was to keep the pace between about 9:30 to 10:00 miles/min. The first mile was about 9:20 and I figured I would probably slow down a bit after that. But by mile 2, I had picked it up and had an average pace of 9:10. I kept trying to slow it down, but apparently my legs were having none of it. I ended up with an average pace of 9:06 ... 45:36. At least it felt easy so I won't complain.
Sunday I had planned to run at least 10 miles. As I said in my last post, I haven't run double digits since April. I say I planned at least 10 miles because in the back of my mind I kind of wanted to up that to 11.
We were in Penticton, home of Ironman Canada, and I had planned to run part of the Ironman run course along the east side of Skaha Lake. I have never been down that road before and I've heard it's quite scenic. However, with me and my issues I knew I needed access to a washroom at some point within the first 3 miles so I had to take a slightly different route. Really, no matter where you run in Penticton it's beautiful.
On the drive up there my friend called and said that since I was going to run 11 miles this weekend, she was going to sign up for a half marathon at home. Keep in mind this is my friend who is just back to running and ran her first 5K back 3 weeks ago, and her first 10K back last week. She's a crazy woman! However, she has the mental side of running nailed down and knows to take it easy so she doesn't end up hurt. She finished in 2:23, pretty impressive if you ask me.
Well, I'm not one to leave that on the plate ... so I too decided to run the half marathon distance! I'm horribly competitive - hahaha.
It was done carefully, and I didn't "race" it. After the first mile I stopped and had a 2 minute stretch break to loosen things up. My legs felt horribly heavy and I needed it. Then at mile 3 was a potty break for me and at mile 4 was a potty break for the hubs.
Mile 8-10 were the hardest. Thankfully it was also the most scenic. We were running right along the lake on a winding road. Pretty! At 8.5 miles we turned around and did take a 30 sec break. We were feeling DONE. However, after that break I started to feel a bit better.
Mile 11-13.1 was run along the main road in town. Boring, boring, boring. For a regular run it might be OK, but at that distance my mind needed something interesting. My parents drove by at Mile 12 and I had to dig a bit deep to not jump into their car and call it a day.
In the end our running time was 2:02:41 (9:21 pace), this was not including stretch & potty breaks. Hubby says this is not a fair way to calculate time, but for training runs I have always done it that way. I know during a race the clock does not stop, but in a race I don't typically stop either. It works for me.
That evening my whole legs were pretty achy. Not sore in any particular spot, but achy - like you feel when you have the flu. Twice during the night my husband actually massaged and stretched my legs. Awww! He's really quite sweet for that. However, I did get up around 4AM and took a tylenol. After that the ache resided and I felt comfortable for the rest of the day.
I'm actually REALLY happy that I challenged this 13.1 miles now. I'm one who likes to run a full distance before a race. And with my half coming up mid November, this is good for me mentally. I now know I can do it, and unless something goes wrong, I should be able to finish under 2 hours.
18 miles in 2 days ... yup, I like it.