Sunday, September 18, 2011

Our longest run to date

We did it!

We ran 7 miles today and even though I was tired at the end of it, I was so proud of us.  We haven't even been running for 6 months yet and we just ran farther than a 10K distance, to say that is a big accomplishment is an understatement.  I have actually been nervous about completing our half marathon because, until today, we hadn't run farther than a 10K.  When we finished today, I was no longer worried.  We are going to run across the finish line in Rhinebeck, New York in 35 days.   

Greece Canal Park was the starting point of our run and from there we ran the majority on the Canal Path. 


The details:

Lap 1 - 10:56 pace
Lap 2 - 10:43 pace
Lap 3 - 11:06 pace
Lap 4 - 10:52 pace
Lap 5 - 9:42 pace
Lap 6 - 9:44 pace
Lap 7 - 9:54 pace

Total Time: 1:12.58
Average Pace: 10:25 minutes per mile

A-MA-ZING, is pretty much how I can sum up this run.  Seriously.  Except for once (and we had a good reason) all of our splits were under an 11 minute per mile pace.  Plus, check out those last three miles: 9:42, 9:44, 9:54.  Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

The first few miles were pretty normal and uneventful.  I did wear our hydration belt so I made sure that the first couple of miles I took a few sips of delicious Nuun.  Since 7 miles, in my opinion, is pretty long I kept telling myself to just get to the half way point and then I would be fine. 

Unfortunately, around mile 3 we missed a turn that would have had us cross the canal on a footbridge.  Instead, we ended up running through a narrow trail blazed path.  We just kept going because we were going to turn around at 3.5 miles anyway but the path ended at a business park.  We ran around the parking lot and decided to just turn around but then we couldn't find the path!  This is when we had to stop and walk (Garmin paused) until we found our way again.

The rest of the run went by quickly, maybe because we were running faster, and we left the Canal Path to run on the road back to Greece Canal Park's entrance.  We still had about a mile left so we ran through the park a little bit more.  I knew that we were going pretty fast so when I heard the Garmin "beep" at mile 6, I told Mike to pay attention to our 10K time. It was around 1:05, faster than my last unofficial 10K time by three minutes!

The last .10 of a mile felt like it was dragging on and on forever, but we were finally done!

 Salty, tired and HAPPY!

I can't wait to see what else we can do!  But for right now I am looking forward to relaxing and spending time with Mike.  We are celebrating our 7 year dating anniversary (really it's on Tuesday) by going out for some wood fired pizza, just what we need after running 7 miles.  

How were your weekend runs?  Any milestones?    

3 comments:

  1. did my half marathon today in 1hr. 55 minutes, guys - and felt pretty strong through most of it!! Beautiful day in Saratoga to run!! A nice course- runs through downtown Saratoga, Saratoga State Park, Congress Park, and past the harness and flat tracks- and up into Skidmore College!! You guys would like it!! Have a good rest of day!

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  2. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!! I am so glad you found me, I would LOVE to do an Iron Woman one day. Can't wait to follow your training!

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  3. I can't wait to read more about your running! I've enjoyed what I've read so far :)

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