Today was my scheduled 18 mile run. I expected it would be about 3 1/2 so I wanted to get an early start. I woke up at 5:30 and started getting ready. Sunrise was at 6:19 and I didn’t want to run in the dark. I stumbled into the kitchen and had my breakfast bar, a GU, and some water. I looked at the weather and it was 43 degrees with 98% humidity with a windchill of 41 degrees. It was supposed to get up to about 63 so I wasn’t sure whether to wear my regular shirt or my long sleeve thermal shirt. I didn’t want to be too hot. So I chose my regular shirt. I fed the dog and went out to walk her. COLD! After coming back in I changed my shirt.
I headed out and wanted to take it nice and easy since the was going to be the longest run by 2 miles, my knees bothering me, and with the scare I had on Thursday with almost rolling my ankle. Everything went great. My breathing was like I was just walking fast, not running and my knees and foot were good to go. My pace seemed pretty good too. I decided I would take a GU every 4 miles and only drink every 2, something I have been working on all week, to sort of simulate race day.
I felt really good during the run and turned around at the 9 mile point which was my furthest turn around point so far and was still feeling great! The temperature was increasing but I was comfortable since there was a nice cool breeze. I guess I made the right call to change shirts. At 11 miles, I stopped at the store to refill my water. It only took about 2 minutes and I didn’t want to stop the clock because it won’t stop during the race on water breaks.
Back on the road, I got right back into the groove and felt great. Everything was going good. Pace, foot, knees, and breathing were all good. At about mile 15 I started to feel a little pain in my left hip where I’d had some ITB trouble several months ago and my Glutes were getting tired. I kept going and made a silent cheer at mile 16, now it was all new territory. Up that last big hill during the last mile then the final turn toward home. Mile 18! I felt really good and my hip was fine now too and I still wasn’t breathing hard. Here are the stats:
Pace was right on track, fastest max speed ever, over 1200 feet on hills, longest run ever, and something I didn’t expect or even try to do…
FASTEST Half Marathon!
Today was definitely a win for me.