Short story: 17.5 miles in 3:00:40 which is a 10:19 pace and only a few seconds per mile off of my marathon goal.
Long story: I had to change my normal long run day to today for a variety of reasons. Shoo has a shorter day then normal tomorrow and the weather is supposed to be icky. I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast and then took the boys to school. After I returned home, I ate another half sandwich and got my fuel belt ready to go with 4 bottles of nuun.
I chose a super hilly route and set out at a nice slow pace. I finished 5.85 miles in the first hour, another 5.85 in the second hour and 5.74 in the final hour, so I was remarkably consistent. My fastest mile was mile 10 at 9:36 (thank you Chumbawamba) and my slowest was mile 7 at 10:57 where I walked up a hill while eating my gu. I actually ran with the ipod and it worked out well. Now I need to make my running playlist longer as I got to hear each song at least twice.
After running, I managed about 5 minutes in the cold cold bath. It really helped my feet, which were pretty swollen, but I couldn’t tolerate it for very long. Now I’m just really tired and cranky and have a PTA meeting to go to tonight (and I’m the Secretary, so staying home is not an option).
Amusing things on the run:
- I always worry about running too far from my house when the kids are in school. Today I ran 4 miles away, which is the farthest I’ve ever run. Of course my cell phone rang at the absolute farthest point away. Luckily, it was just another mom calling about a kid play date.
- There was a lone shoe sitting on the sidewalk. I’m sure the owner just dropped it out of her briefcase, but it amused me to see a four inch high spike heeled pump sitting on a sidewalk in a residential neighborhood.
I’ve got to figure out a better way to do long runs. I’m so tired and crabby afterwards and I have to pick up Shoo pretty much immediately. And I’m not doing such a hot job of dealing with Jones and the homework battles today. Beer Geek is getting home late all week this week, so that adds an additional layer of fun. Is it bedtime (or at least beer time) yet?
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