I did it! I ran 12.5 miles this morning! Yeehaw!
When I headed out to run this morning, the weather was cool and dreary, but it made for great running weather. I mapped out a 5-mile loop that started at my house and finished at KFIT where I met Kerrie. She kindly offered to keep me company during some of the miles on my long run.
The best running motivation: Marylou’s iced coffee! (I might need to get one this afternoon!)
The first several miles of my run were pretty uneventful. I listened to Songza, zoned out, and trucked along.
- Mile 1: 9:40
- Mile 2: 9:24
- Mile 3: 9:11
- Mie 4: 9:07
- Mile 5: 9:22
At KFIT, I grabbed some water and ate a packet of GU before running with Kerrie.
Kerrie let me dictate our pace since I was running a lot of miles, but I didn’t want to run too slow since I’m sure she wanted to get a good workout. I told Kerrie to run ahead if I was running too slow, but she stuck with me the entire time.
- Mile 6: 9:06
- Mile 7: 9:02
- Mile 8: 9:00
- Mile 9: 9:03
- Mile 10: 9:13
Somehow, I managed to keep my pace around 9-minute miles, which is really good for me considering the middle miles of a long run are always the hardest for me. Physically, they’re tough (my back, my legs, my hips, oh my!), but, mentally, they always crush me. It’s so defeating for me getting to mile 7 or 8 and knowing I still have 4, 5, or 6 miles to run. It was nice to have a running buddy to keep me going when those middle miles got tough.
When we made it back to KFIT, I said goodbye to Kerrie and started out on my way home. Not even a mile later, I took a serious digger and fell hard mid-run. I must have been dragging my feet and shuffling along because my sneaker snagged a bump on the sidewalk, and I went flying… into a pile of dirt. Seriously. What timing! I guess it was better than falling on concrete, but I was soooooo dirty!
I took these photos after I brushed myself off and ran 2.5 miles home, so you can imagine how dirty I originally was. I was such a mess! Haha!
- Mile 11: 9:57 <—fall
- Mile 12: 9:31
- Mile 12.5: 4:29
Total: 1:56:08 (9:17)
I actually had 11 miles on my training schedule this week, but I ended up running more miles than I originally planned. I ran a little over 5 miles before I met Kerrie and then we ran about 4.5 miles together, and I was still 2.5-3 miles from home, so I just kept running. I figured I’d need to run this distance at some point or another, so I just kept trucking along.
After my run, I stretched, showered, ate lunch, and then iced my calf while I relaxed on the couch with Murphy. I don’t know if I have shin splints or what, but the outside of my left calf is so sore after that run!
Questions of the Day
Have you ever fallen during a run? (Today was actually my first!)
What’s the toughest part of a long run for you?
How do you mentally prepare yourself for those middle miles?