Another running victory!


So.

YEP!

I did it! I ran 10 miles! It was hard!! But not all that bad.

The 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, and 10th miles were the worst. But other than that I could kind of just get into the mode and not think about it.

Also, I got a horrible cramp on the way back (I ran 5 miles up and then turned around and ran back) and it was HORRIBLE! Sometimes, I get cramps but this was like…gut-wrenching! I had to stop running and massage the cramp and it was AWFUL! But, that was the only cramp I got the whole time.

I stopped at the 5-mile mark to catch my breath and stuff a granola bar down. I hate eating while I am running cause I can barely breathe and eating a half-frozen granola bar doesn’t really help anything…but it says in all the great running magazines that you HAVE to bring a snack on long runs so your body has something to burn off. However, as much as I HATE eating during runs I LOVE to drink water. We always bring ice-cold water in bottles on our runs (my mom rides her bike and has a basket with all our supplies 🙂 ) and it is like HEAVEN! But I always end up drinking too much of it and then I can hear it sloshing around inside my stomach while I run..which is interesting!! 🙂

I love to run, I love to run, I love to run!!!

And I really felt like I had accomplished something after my run. After all, I wanted to run the WHOLE thing and to run it in a pace of 9 minutes! I ran it at an average pace of 8:56 min/mile and (for the most part) ran the whole think without stopping…minus the halfway rest stop and my cramp fiasco.

So, overall, it was a pretty succesful run!

Nothing to be worried about, nothing at all! 🙂

I’m running that half-marathon in 2 hours. This is what I have been training for and I will not settle for any more than that!!!

(DO you like my self pep talks??)

I think I can…not


Well, tomorrow is the BIG deciding day.

I am running 10 miles.

“10 miles!” you say, “Wow! I could never do that!!”  Why do you think I’M nervous???

I have run 8 miles before. But that was a long time ago. More than a month ago. I can run 6 miles. I can run 7 miles. But can I run 10 miles? If I can run 10 miles, then I’ve got this race in the bag (is that even a saying?).

But.

If I can’t do it, then I’m dead. well, that’s a little exaggerated but really, time is ticking.

I have less than a month to train and I need to fit in at least a 9-miler and a 12-miler.

I am excited about my half-marathon, this said however, I want tomorrow’s run to be OVER so I can know what kind of state I am in according to the race.

So, yeah, that’s my dilemma.

Why I should stop being so polite…

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You know me (maybe..).  I am polite and friendly. When I am walking down the street I will say hello or wave or smile or something to passersby… Yeah. Well, the problem is “Morning” and “Evening” are REALLY nice greetings. You know, 2 syllables so you can happily chirp them out. Or  mumble them as […]

10-miler…not today.


Today was not my best running day. I think I kind of knew it would be.

For example, I set my alarm for 5:45 so  could be out and running at 6 and get in my (first-ever) 10-miler. It never went off. However, another alarm went off at 6 so I only woke up 15 minutes late.

But it was raining. No POURING! It was loud and dark…and cold. VERY COLD! So, I got ready to go and I went downstairs, determined to get this run in, but it was a no-go. There was NO way my parents were letting me go out in that weather. So, I went back to bed. Which was good because I needed those last 2 hours of sleep! 🙂 I suppose it was a hidden blessing.

Anyway, so then I decided I would go running after my speech class, since we had an hour wait before we would go home. I planned out a whole 10-mile run (yeah, I wasn’t giving that idea up–yet).

However, I overlooked the fact that the majority of my run  was on some major highways. And, this time it wasn’t only my mom who was concerned for my safety–other moms at speech were worried too! 🙂

So, Mom drove me to a little neighborhood. And the route itself was about a mile and a half long…so I ran it again…and again.

 

I ran this three times

 

It wasn’t the most fun run I had ever done…but it was a nice change of scenery from my usual. Mom drove in the van behind me and talked to her friends. I just ran and thought about life…and slightly died.

Anyway. I didn’t get 10 miles ran. I ran( haha) out of time after 5.08 miles and truth be told…i don’t think i could have run much more. I was SO tired.  I really need to get to bed sooner! But, i wasn’t that disappointed that I didn’t get my SM (Scheduled Miles) because I still have a month to train for my 1/2 MARATHON!!!!

It is October 29!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO SO SO SO SO SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!