Sunday, February 26, 2012

Adding mileage to a long run

This morning I had 105 minutes of running on the schedule. I ended up doing just a hair under 120 (2 hours), however. Why in the world would I want to do that? Well, the original plan went a little awry, but it all worked out in the end.

My running plan today included participating in a 10K run, which I gave myself 60 minutes to complete. So I just needed to add 45 more minutes and voila! Done. I went back and forth over when to do those extra minutes. Before the race? After? A little on each end? I settled on doing all 45 minutes before the race and planned to be done just before the race started. I got there to the park in plenty of time, checked in, and set off running. The weather started out rainy and a little cold, which was a bummer since when I left my house it was a bit overcast but not raining. The weather cleared up and the sun started shining a little ways in to the run, though.

By the time I got back to the starting line for the race I was warmed up and ready to go-- unfortunately, there was a snafu. The race was delayed by about 30 minutes! I started panicking a little, knowing it wouldn't be the best for my training run to take a half hour break. Since I am friends with the race organizers I offered to run an errand-- literally!-- for them, which took me on a quick out and back for a total of a mile and a half. When I got back I still had a few minutes to wait before the race started.

The race itself was great. The weather was a little funky-- over the course of the 10K we had sun, hail (more than once!) and rain. The 10K was two out-and-backs. When I finished the first one I was nervous about doing the second one . . . it would take me over my 105 minutes. I told myself I could cut the race short and essentially "DNF" (did not finish) if I needed to. However, when I got back in to the second half of the race I felt great and pushed to do the whole thing. I stopped to walk in the last mile or so since my hamstring was hurting, but other than that I felt great.

My total amount of miles was 11.6 in a hair under two hours. It was a lot of fun and was so very close to the mileage of my upcoming half that it felt a little extra thrilling to know that I will be more than ready when I step up to that starting line!


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