This weekend I ran 10 miles for the first time in 2011. In fact, it’s the first time I ran a double digit run since the Army 10 Miler at the end of October. I was supposed to run on Saturday, but it was a drizzly, cold day and I just could not find my motivation. Instead, I spent the day trying to get my house back to normal, which meant thousands of trips up and down my two sets of stairs. I called that my “recovery run” and moved my 10 miles to Sunday.
Sunday was beautiful! It was sunny and a little over 40 degrees. My dad and I met up with my friend and headed out. The first mile was super slow, but then we hit a nice rythm and the rest of the miles were pretty steady. In the end, despite some hellish hills and walking to eat a Gu (Orange Burst with caffeine, yum!), we finished 10.12 miles at an average of a 10:45 pace. This is exactly where my charts say my long run should be, so I’m pretty happy that I hit it right on. Several times during the run I actively chose to slow us down to stay on pace (which I find harder mentally than speeding up).
My achilles was a bit sore afterwards, but feels fine this morning. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue to build to half marathon distance without re-injuring myself.
And now for the winner…
Number 5 is Marlene at Mission to a(nother) Marathon. Congratulations, Marlene! Now you can get that pace band you want. Email me at mom2shoo at gmail. com.