For those of you who aren't into my running posts, I apologize. But this time of year is "race season" for me, and I love documenting my training and races to see how I improve year over year. As I've said a hundred times...all it takes is the first step. I took the first step and "ran" (yogged) my first mile less than 4 years ago, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself and has changed me forever. There are people WAY faster than I am out there. I'm not an expert. I'll never win a race. And it may take me decades (if ever) to qualify for Boston. But I love sharing my running experiences. And hopefully I can encourage someone to take the first step out the door.
I planned to run the second 10-mile race of the Road Race Series on Sunday morning. I did the first one a couple of weeks ago, and this time around, I was hoping to run closer to a 1:23:something. Well, I actually got a good night's sleep Saturday, but when my alarm went off bright and early at 5am Sunday, my tummy was not too happy. A few bathroom trips (TMI?) and a few more hours of sleep later, I got up around 8am and was feeling a little better. I had some breakfast, let my stomach settle, and around 10:30am, I decided to head out and attempt to get in the 10 miles that I missed at the race earlier that morning.
Well, the weather was perfect. I was feeling great. Better than great. So, at mile 6.5, I refilled my water bottle, took a Gu and decided to make it 13.1 instead of 10 miles.
My PR for a half is 1:56:35, and without really pushing myself (I was taking it relatively easy, just running how I felt), I finished my "recovery week long run" in 1:56:49! Super excited!
Here's the best part. My splits:
9:13, 9:08, 8:58, 9:07, 9:03, 8:52, 8:50, 8:51, 8:56, 8:56, 8:54, 8:38, 8:29
Negative splits for a half? Please and thank you.
I had a couple of weeks of "blah" runs, but the past week or so has been amazing. I've been putting in longer runs (this past week was 3, 17, 4, 8, 13), and my body seems to love it. I'm feeling really optimistic about the trail race next weekend. And I'm hoping to (fingers crossed) do sub-1:50 at the the half marathon in November. And of course all this leads up to the St. Jude Marathon in December. This may be my best training season yet!