Anyway, Saturday's scheduled run was 15 miles with 5 of the middle miles being at marathon race pace. Before I could run it, I had to decide what my ultimate race goal time was. Once I did so, I was ready to go. I was really excited to see how my body could hold up to my desired race pace of 8:00/miles... which, if I can hold onto for 26+ miles will give me a very pleasing PR, not to mention a significant Boston Qualifying time. On Thursday, I took the kids for a drive to determine the best route for my long run with race pace sandwiched in the middle. I wanted to do an out and back and I didn't want a lot of hills (ha ha, yeah right, no such thing here). Mostly, I wanted to not have a lot of hills when I was trying to keep up my race pace. The route I chose seemed great in the car. (Isn't it funny, how things never seem all that hilly when in the car but then on foot, it's like "Whoa, where'd that hill come from?!") It turns out it was slightly hillier than I had realized, but since it was an out and back, I got to enjoy the downhill portion too. Here's a glance at the elevation for you:
It was a clear and cold morning for the run and even though I had planned to run in a skirt and compression socks, I didn't at all regret throwing on tights at the last minute. It. Was. Cold. I had planned to leave around 6 but didn't end up getting out until 6:30am. There was no real rush though. I had on compression socks, tights, a skirt, arm warmers with fold over hand cuffs, and short sleeves under a long sleeved 1/4 zip pullover with more fold over hand cuffs. I doubled up the hand cuffs and still was wishing that I had brought gloves. I also wore ear warmers, a reflective vest, and my Nathan Intensity hydration pack, which I LOVE!! I started off at a fairly easy pace, trying to warm up and not waste all my energy in the beginning. The miles ticked by and before I knew it I was headed out of town
McCollough Bridge, where I told Dan that I would stop and get a picture for him (he isn't the biggest fan of heights)
|See, it looks relatively flat... ha ha, not around that corner.|
I ended up staying slightly below 8s with closer to a 7:50 average. I was pleased with the effort. If I were running a 5 mile marathon, I'd be able to smash it! Ha ha.
|miles 6-10 where race pace(ish)|
I did survive it though and since there is a slight downhill to my doorstep, I was feeling good again (relatively speaking) by the time I got in the door.
It was a great run. I'd say that I enjoyed every minute of it, except for one thing. We had been playing Just Dance 4 on Friday night and I went to bed with Livin' la Vida Loca stuck in my head, so for the entire 15 miles I had two stanzas on constant loop: "her lips are devil red and her skin 's color mocha... she. will. wear. you. out. livin' la vida loca". Every so often I could get to the part where ol' Ricky sings "she'll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain... something something something something something something like a bullet to the brain... she'll make you go insane" but that was it. It. Was. Awful. Although, it did make me run fast. I continued to sing it the rest of the morning, however... just ask Dan and the kids, they'll agree... (I) it was awful!