9 miles, done. Another half marathon training run checked off the list!
And boy… was it rough.
Today was one of those days where your legs just do NOT want to move. A 3 mile run would have been challenging, let alone 9. Thank goodness for running buddies!
In honor of making it back up to 9 miles for the first time since training for my first half marathon, I decided Mr. Camelbak (he’s a 1.5 liter “Hydrobak”) needed to come back out to play!
9 miles is just too long to go without water, even if it’s not hot out 🙂
I also brought along some fuel — Mike & Ike’s! Haha. They were left over from Halloween, and I figure candy/straight sugar is essentially what all those sport gels, sport beans, etc., are, so why not?
I ate half of them at our turnaround point at 4.5 miles, and the other half just after the run. I think they helped!
- Mile 1: 8:37
- Mile 2: 8:48
- Mile 3: 8:33
- Mile 4: 9:05
- Mile 5: 9:06
- Mile 6: 8:48
- Mile 7: 9:17 (seriously losing steam)
- Mile 8: 8:59
- Mile 9: 9:06
Overall, we ran the 9 miles in 1:20, for an average pace of 8:55. Not my best run, but still a GREAT pace considering! I was just proud that I didn’t give up and walk, which is what I wanted to do basically the whole time. Can’t win ‘em all, right?
After the run, we headed to BRUNCH! Doing brunch after a long run is seriously the best thing ever. Such good motivation to go faster, and a fun reward for a long workout, too! This week, we decided to head to the Durham location of Foster’s Market.
I heart Foster’s. I ordered the breakfast biscuit with two scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and bacon.
It was SO amazingly delicious. I think I need to make a new fANNEtastic t-shirt that says “Will Run for Biscuits.” 🙂
I’m off to relax and enjoy the sunshine! Tonight is homemade pizza night at Elle’s 🙂