Whew! Another long run in the bag, and this one really went great from beginning to end. Oh sure, some ouches here and there, but nothing important. Set up a workout with a half mile warm up then .5 mile run at a 10:00 pace and .1 mile walk.
Plan was for 11 miles, so I decided to map out an 11 mile run. When I put it into www.mapmyrun.com it came out to a bit over 12. I figured I'd play it by ear when I got out near the outlet mall and cut it short to hit 11 if I wanted to, or go for the whole 12 if I wanted to. Well you know me! I never cut anything short...although I really AM working on being sensible.
I really WAS feeling good. The weather was amazing! Very cold when we started about 35 degrees, but warmed up to the mid-40s and sunny sunny sunny! Gorgeous beautiful sunny! I saw lots of birds and hawks, and really only missed death once when an old lady nearly mowed me down in a crosswalk. I do understand that those thick white lines and that sign that says "Crosswalk" can be confusing and misinterpreted as "HIT THE GAS!!!!" So I forgave her!
Ran 9.75 then stopped in at Starbucks and enjoyed a short coffee, a butterhorn (their little ones), and read the paper a bit. The girl, new one who doesn't know me, waiting on me asked if I had gone for a run. I said I was in the middle of one. She asked how far and when I said "About 10 with a bit over 2 to go" she nearly fell over. I heard her still talking about it five minutes later. The other employees, who know me, were like "Yeah, she does that. She's crazy."
I'm totally feeling ready for my half marathon on March 9! Woohooo! I'll still do a run/walk dealio, but maybe I'll set my goals a bit higher with a 9:00 min run pace. I'd like to come in under 2:00 hours, but I shouldn't try to push it too soon. Still have some pain in my lower right quadrant of my stomachal area. I braced it with my SI belt today. Hee hee. It worked VERY well. Since the belt has rubbery stuff on it, it didn't slip plus unlike neoprene, it doesn't make me sweat.
Finished with a cool down and stretches as I made my way around my little front garden and squee-ed over my crocuses and the little bumblebees dancing in my crocuses. I love spring and I am SO thrilled that it's finally arriving!!!!
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