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