The last time I ran at least 10 miles was November 6, 2011!!!
I was debating whether or not to run on my own or as part of the HMRRC Marathon Relay. The 1st leg of the relay was 9.7 miles so I would have company running (well, maybe not because I would probably be last..) on this boring course. There would be water on the course and refreshments at the end. Or choose a scenic bike path and run solo at my leisure.
When I got up, it was cold (in the teens) and VERY WINDY!. UAlbany tends to be windy even when it’s not windy so that decided it for me.
Instead I drove to the bike path that starts at the Colonie Town Park –I figured I would run 2.5 mi in one direction & back and then 2.5 mi in the other direction and back.
I headed toward Cohoes and quickly found that the path in this direction was not plowed and icy so I turned around and went the other way. I didn’t head in the direction that I usually go (toward Niskayuna) but in the other direction. It was about 20 degrees but the wind made it feel a lot colder. Not pleasant running weather at all.
I ran 2.5 miles and then turned around and headed back or at least I thought. Somehow I wound up in a neighborhood that I didn’t recognize & had no idea where I was.
I did find my way back to my car but not the way I had planned and had also added an extra mile to my run.
With 4 more miles to go, I got some GU & water from my car and warmed up inside.
The problem with that is that it’s hard to get going again.
I told myself that I had to do 10 miles so I headed out and this time I went in the direction that I was familiar.
My foot had bearable discomfort until mile 7. Then it started to hurt (bunion pad & new sneakers were failing me). I pushed on because I will do it during the half marathon…pain or no pain, I am running 13.1 miles.
Actually the pain got bearable again and I finished the 10 miles.
It was not a great run or a fun one. It took me 2 hours which is what I tried for (It was faster than last week’s 9.5) I walked from time to time and all but 3 of my miles were over 12 min/mi. The first and last were the fastest at 11:30.
But I am very happy that I got it done.
My cool down was the usual grocery shopping at Target with a Starbucks latte & cheese danish thrown in 🙂
Week 8 Update:
- Mon – tennis
- Tues – 3 miles after work (on the sloppy sidewalks & streets of Albany)
- Wed – 6 miles after work (in less traveled cleaner neighborhoods of Delmar)
- Thurs – walk at lunch
- Fri – 3.5 miles after work, MJ
- Sat – rest (proctored the LSATS, went to a funeral, went out to dinner)
- Sun – 10 miles
- Mon – day off, tennis in the evening
- Tues – 3 miles after work or before or at lunch (webinar at 6 pm)
- Wed – 5 miles after work
- Thurs – stationary bike at lunch
- Fri – 4 miles after work, MJ
- Sat – rest
- Sun – 11 miles
Happy Running! Are you enjoying your day off?