Today was one of those days when running was hard. Getting myself out the door was hard, and actually running felt hard, too. But I did it!
As you guys know from my little “upcoming races” feature on the sidebar, I’m running the Tarheel 10 Miler on April 21 — in 3 weeks. Normally, after a half marathon (I just ran the Tobacco Road Half Marathon two weeks ago), I let my mileage drop, but this time I’m trying to keep getting in some longer-ish runs so that I’m prepared for the 10 miler.
My plan was a 6 or 7 miler this weekend (which I had to do today since Matt and I are headed to DC super early tomorrow morning for our friend’s wedding), a 9 or 10 miler next weekend, and then another 6 or 7 miler the weekend before the race.
Even though I wasn’t feeling the running this morning (you guys know I prefer runs with friends to make it into a social outing, but unfortunately no one could join me today), it was a GORGEOUS morning for a run.
When I headed out the door around 7:45 a.m. it was a beautiful and crisp 50 degrees, nice and sunny, and very low humidity. Everything felt very fresh since it rained last night.
I tried to focus on enjoying the scenery and the temperature instead of the fact that my legs were tired. It worked, for the most part!
I ran a VERY hilly route this morning, so I focused on keeping a casual pace and getting in the miles vs. working on speed.
- Mile 1: 9:12
- Mile 2: 9:23
- Mile 3: 9:18
- Mile 4: 9:44
- Mile 5: 9:43
- Mile 6: 9:07
Whew! Total time: 56:31. Average pace: 9:25. I was proud of myself for pushing through on all those hills! I wore my CamelBak (I have the 1.5 L Hydrobak) for the run, and I was really glad I did — I got thirsty out there and the route I did has no water fountains. I’ve also figured out how to push all the air out of my CamelBak before I close it so it doesn’t make sloshing noises!
I have a busy day ahead — I’m meeting up with a classmate shortly to get some serious biochem studying done (we have an exam next week), working on assignments for the rest of the day, and then packing up for DC! Matt and I leave at 6 a.m. tomorrow so we can get there in time to see another apartment we’re interested in. Yep, we still don’t have a place to live yet. Sigh.