Love my new Garmin! It was great and I love that I’m finally confident in the distance I actually ran. I still used my iPhone to play music, but it was nice knowing that the battery wasn’t going to run out on me. My final time is above, but my pace was a 12:09 min/mi. The neighborhood was very hilly and there were several stoplights, so I am thrilled with my time. I have the avg time for each lap (mile), but does anyone know how I find the avg pace of the whole run?
I met my friend, T, yesterday morning at 5:00 am for the ten mile run. My hubby is out of town backpacking with the boys this weekend, so I had to go running Friday before he left. I’m so thankful that T was willing to run with me! She had to be home by 6:40, so her husband can leave for work, but I’m grateful she was willing to run at 5:00am with me.
The first two miles were challenging and after that I was able to get into a groove. My new shoes felt great though and I think I finally got my water bottle pack figured out. I felt that everything was coming together and grooving. I probably could have pushed myself harder after those first two miles, but I was afraid of running out of steam at the end.
I haven’t seen T much recently and catching up with her was great. We talked so much and the time just flew by. Two hours of running have never seemed so short! The biggest challenge was the hills. The trail I normally run has lots of shorter, but steeper hills, where this neighborhood had longer, steadily increasing hills. It was a little over 150 feet in elevation change, but lots of ups and downs.
At about 8 miles we ran back by T’s house and I finished out my last 2 miles by myself. I was glad to see 10.0 come across my Garmin, but at the same time I felt like I could have finished out a couple more miles…maybe even 3.1 more? It’s funny how things change. For my last half marathon in March my longest run prior was 10 miles. I mean, I was supposed to go further, but had to take the last couple of weeks lightly due to my IT Band. Flash forward to August 19th, I had no real pain and felt like I could keep going. Crazy! Today I’m not even sore (totally surprised me) and I want to go running or do something.
By the way, after two runs this week that started before dawn I think I might actually like this early run thing. Please don’t get me wrong, I’m so not a morning person and would much rather be up later. I have really enjoyed seeing the moon and stars and seeing the transition into daytime. It is really spectacular and the sky is amazing to watch. I feel a little closer to God as I’m running in the quiet streets and watching His creation. I also enjoy watching the rest of the world slowly awaken and just start getting going as I’m wrapping up and feeling accomplished. Maybe I’ll keep running in the early morning.