Saturday, February 18, 2012
It's day 18 of my 1/2 prep and I needed to get a long, outdoor run under my belt. Previously my longest run prior to my 1/2 prep was 4.4 and I can't tell you the last time I ran that distance.
Last week I did a 5 miler on the treadmill and it wasn't too bad. I needed though, to get outside, in the weather and on a surface that isn't a treadmill. So today, in 33 degree weather I ran. It was a beautiful day and sunny at least, so I layered up and went out the door. I knew the route I planned to take and I DID IT! It actually was a pretty easy run. (Never thought I'd say that! and I even enjoyed it!)
I have been loading new songs onto my ipod over the last several days and had forgotten some of the ones I added so it was fun when new songs popped up. Kinda like my own little 80's party going on. The Alvin and the Chipmunk's You Spin Me Right Round was a fun surprise as I had completely forgotten about getting it for the boys and deciding to add it to my playlist. It was a good reminder to that I try to be healthy not only for me, but for them as well.
The best part though is my time. I ran this in 63 minutes. According to my treadmill, I can only get 5 miles in in about 60 minutes so now I know my treadmill is off. I have been really concerned about my time since according to the treadmill I run 15 minute miles! When I walk on the treadmill I don't get there much slower either so I knew there was a problem. In reality, it is closer to 10 minute miles. That is unbelievable! I associate that with REAL runners.
So, today I ran a 1/4 of a marathon and I feel confident I will be able to complete the whole thing.