A Very Fine Nine

Ever since coming to the conclusion that I’m majorly slacking in my half marathon training, I decided I was going to make Saturday’s long run (9 miles) a good one.

Last week I managed to squeeze in a BodyPump session and 2 three mile runs – pretty good for me during this particularly busy work period. I even attempted to go to Wine and Dash, but when I arrived no one was there. Sads. Instead of giving up on a run entirely, I went to a nearby office park and found a lake to run around. I was damn proud of myself for getting it done.

Anyways, on to the niner.

I was FINALLY in town for a group run with the training team. I can suffer though most distances alone, but I like to run with a group for anything near 10+ miles. So I was thankful to have the team for 9 (and the built in photographer and water/refueling stations!).

I rolled out of bed around 6:15, drank some water and forced some dry cereal down the hatch. I was out the door by 6:50 and arrived at the team meeting site by 7:05. I found my group (thankfully they didn’t leave early…) and we were off promptly at 7:15. I ran the exact same route last year – the team uses basically the same routes from year to year – so I knew what to expect.

My plan for the run was to start off slow for the first half in order to save energy for the last 4-5 miles. Really I just wanted to CRUSH last year’s time for this route.

And boom…I kicked butt. Thank goodness!

I promise I'm more normal in real life (and not so weirdly tan).

I love how with the Garmin I can compare this run to last year:

2011 on the left, 2010 on the right.

I love seeing those 9:00s instead of 10:00s!

There is a massive uphill bridge at mile 1.5ish, and this year there was a huge backup of runners trying to get up it…hence the rando slow mile in the beginning.

I felt good pretty much the entire time, despite the hilly-for-Richmond terrain we were running. I am especially proud that I ran my fastest mile at mile 9!

All the hills in Richmond.

My goal for the race is to keep the “slow in the beginning, fast in the end” mentality.

And finally, a photo from mile 9 – I was determined to kick this run’s butt!!

You're mine PR!!!

Posted on October 10, 2011, in HMT 2011, Run Carrie Run. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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