Getting ready to head out. Cute, right? I took a page out of Racing With Babes and rocked some awesome socks. It was only 55 out during my run, and they helped me stay warm throughout (even though a woman did ask me why I was running in casts).
• I ran 10.5 miles. Ok, ran/walked. But I did it, with a minimal amount of whining (probably because I was by myself) and I was still standing at the end. This is the farthest I have run to date and I am darn proud of it. Its also my first time hitting double digits in my run!
• I ran with a water belt on. BEST INVENTION EVER. I was not dehydrated this long run, there was no looking at astream with ideas of drinking from it. It also has a nifty little pocked on it where I could put my cell phone, some cash, lip balm and my driver’s license. I did not notice the belt bouncing around at all, so I was pleased with my clearance purchase ($15.74).
• I had my first bloody sock. It was not soaked, and there was not a lot of blood, but it happened. About 5 miles into my run, I thought my heel was bothering me, but I just kept going and tried to ignore it. I can home and found that had a huge raw area on that had bled through my running sock, my tall sock and onto my shoe. I am going to try some moleskin on the area of my shoe that bugged me on my next run to see if that will help. It made me feel pretty hard core though!
The Bloody Sock--I guess it's not as impressive as Curt Schillings?
This run was pretty hard for me, and I wanted to quit. I wanted to call my husband and tell him to come get me. My hip was bugging me, it started to rain and I *may* have cried a little thinking about the distance remaining. But I sucked it up, told myself I was not a quitter and that I could do this, and I did. I finished and I felt great knowing that I never gave in or gave up even if it was not the most successful run ever!!
I have figured out that my Nike + is not that accurate on miles (it told me I did 12 miles) so I will skip guessing on the splits.
This is the map of my run. There is a slight difference in distance because of my starting point and a detour that is not factored in.
I am finally feeling more confident and comfortable with the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. I only have 2 weeks left and I wish I had a bit more time, but since my run today, the idea of ten miles (and double digits) is not so daunting. I am not as worried about the sweeper bus picking me up during the race for not keeping pace and having to ride to the finish line instead of running. YAY for confidence building!
I probably will re-evaluate my goal of finishing sub 2 hours. For your speedy people out there, I am sure that seems silly, but knowing myself and what I have found myself to be capable, I am going to say a 2:05 to 2:10 is more realistic for me. Still, nothing to be ashamed of because I will be running 10 miles!!
Does anyone have a hard time trying to balance life around running? I work, I go to school, I train and I am married. Sometimes, I think my husband feels neglected when I go on long runs without him, and I sometimes feel like I struggle to get it all done. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to make it all fit??
Any Marylanders out there planning on going to Preakness this year? OAR and the Zac Brown band are on the infield! The husband, my sister and I are all going (its the day before my graduation from UB--could be dangerous!)
How was everyone's runs this weekend? Did you have a great weekend? Do anything fun?