Sunday, March 17, 2013

Back in the double digits

On August 22nd 2010, unknown to me, I ran my last double digit run.  I had fallen out of love with running.  Eventually (and obviously) we have reconnected, and while typically I don't believe in second chances on love I'm very grateful for my new and improved relationship with running. I finally broke the 10 mile barrier for my training and will be dancing in the teens until race day on June 9th.

Until now, all of my "long" runs have been 6 miles ( I never ran the 8 miles, since I ended up hiking it instead)  Planning and running 10 requires a bit more effort, especially since I knew I'd be running it much slower in hopes of survival.  Friday night I played on mapmyrun for a while until I found a route that I was comfortable with.  I chose to run along a fair busy road (that I knew had sidewalks) up to the SUNY Albany campus.  I ran the exterior loop around the school and back to my apartment.  I could have just uploaded the map from my gps, but since I left immediately from my door, I prefer not to make that information super accessible.

I don't have a fuel belt yet, so I wanted to run along where there would be access to water, I also wanted the ability to take the bus home if I couldn't survive.  ( I only stopped once for water and didn't need the bus, but I'd do this route again for sure)

It helped that I had invited some friends over for the St. Patricks parade, because I couldn't sit around and think about running all day, I had to be ready for guest by noon.  I set the alarm for 6:30 and was out of bed within two hitting of snooze. Coffee was made and I gave myself sometime to sit on the couch and wake up.

home made salted caramel mocha. 

By 8 am I was ready to go. The majority of the run was uneventful.  I listened to my dutch lesson and practice speaking.  I ran a bit slower to pace myself and so I could focus on the audio lesson.  After repeating the lesson twice, I switched to music and began focusing on running, the difference can be seen in my pace.

I hit a bit of fatigue around mile 4.  I'm not entirely sure why since I run at least that distance every time I lace up,  I was able to snap out of it, but I'll have to pay attention to my hydration and refueling times.

SUNY Albany

The path around campus was a bit slicker than I expected, on some areas I ran in the snow instead.  Some intersections required that I walked since they were a nice sheet of black ice.  I felt my feet slip a few times, but thankfully no falls!

My main goal for this run was to survive.  Which I did, I never felt the need to walk, other than for safety reasons.  My secondary goal, was to keep the pace under 12'00. For most miles I did and at least I made up any slower miles for it with my overall average.

I'm very happy with my first long long run. I'm excited to keep moving forward with the distances and training.  But today, after a very fun, but very long day yesterday of being Irish, I'm even more excited than I don't have to do anything.


  1. Congrats on a great run and some great negative splits! I noticed if I have plans I execute my plan faster. When I ran 10 a few weeks ago I did it before church which meant I needed to be home by 9am...I made it EXACTLY on time!

    1. Thanks! I'm definitely better with getting anything done the more I have to do. Too much free is a huge downfall for me.

  2. Yay, great job on your 10 mile run! I hope it's the first of many wonderful double digit runs in your near future.