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The half that wasn't a half...


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Well, after being cooped up at my computer for much of the week, I needed a break. I didn't get to run on Tues (snow storm), or Wed (writing) and I wanted to get in a good run this afternoon. I did a thorough read through my manuscript, made the corrections that I needed to, and then started thinking about how far I wanted to go and what route I wanted to run. I planned out a route north of town where it is rolling rural hills that would come out to 13.1 miles from work to home. I was familiar with most of the route, but part of it was new and I figured that I would figure it out (any idea where this is going?)

The first sign of trouble was my Garmin giving me the low battery message (I guess it wasn't seated in the charger right. It died about 3 miles into the run. I kept going, made my turn about the 4 mile mark that I was supposed to. Got onto a muddy and hilly dirt road, but I was still on track. Then I got a little mixed up and missed the next turn. I was up in an area that I don't run in too often, so I didn't recognize it right away. I was looking for one intersection, when I found myself somewhere completely different. It took a moment, but I figured out what I did and that it cut a few miles off my route. Not having my Garmin, I wasn't sure how much, or what kind of pace I was at. Well, I thought of a few ways that I could add to my route, but eventually just decided to just head home instead.

So, I looked up the route that I ended up doing on mapmyrun.com and found that it was about 10.9 miles, or 2.2 miles short. I did it in 1:39, or right about a 9 min pace. Not bad. It was a good run and served its purpose. I guess I will have make another attempt to get in my first half of the season.
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DAPHNE_RUNS 3/24/2013 5:18PM

    Thank goodness for map my run. I have had to use them a few times myself when my Garmin died. Like you I keep a busy schedule and I so look forward to squeezing in my exercise.

Enjoy your week!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/22/2013 8:09PM

    Great way to improvise. I've only had a Garmin for a couple weeks, but already I'm getting pretty dependent on it. I know I'd miss it already. Wow! I'd love to be able to run that far at a 9 minute per mile pace. Good for you!!

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ROXYZMOM 3/22/2013 5:04PM

    I hope you enjoyed the scenery - now you have a new trail when you need to get 10.5 in! We are creatures of habit and have come to be so dependent on technology! I would be the same way without my runkeeper and music.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/22/2013 11:05AM

    Great job!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 3/22/2013 10:22AM

    Nice, but I know how you feel. When I run I will do a bit more just to get in the miles. But you must have felt good after getting out!

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WINDSURFNERD 3/22/2013 9:37AM

    You did well; I get lost all the time on our group runs, Garmin or no!! It makes the run "interesting"...sometimes shorter and sometimes longer. As long as it's not a race for time, I figure it all evens out in the end... emoticon

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STHAX10 3/22/2013 8:43AM

    It is great to have goals, but its also nice to have adventures...

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KELLIEBEAN 3/22/2013 8:25AM

    I'm glad you got out. Quite the adventure. Nice job!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/22/2013 8:01AM

    Sounds like you had an adventure and a very nice run.

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SEABREEZE65 3/22/2013 7:04AM

    Great run!

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WILSONWR 3/21/2013 11:58PM

    Running where you haven't run before is always interesting - maybe even more so if you didn't plan it... LOL Sounds like you did great despite the mixup!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/21/2013 9:52PM

    What a great run! And that's what matters.

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NATPLUMMER 3/21/2013 9:50PM

    It was still a great run!!

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MOBYCARP 3/21/2013 9:09PM

    What did we all do before we had the nice GPS toys? I guess we went out and ran, then figured out later how far we had run.

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FITFOODIE806 3/21/2013 8:14PM

    not bad at all! Glad you got out. I bet the miles felt good.

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CHANGINGHORSES 3/21/2013 7:34PM

    So glad that you get out and run today. Sometimes those unexpected twists and turns are the best! I love "winging it".

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MIRAGE727 3/21/2013 7:31PM

    The effort was most impressive! Stay strong!
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VIXSTERLU 3/21/2013 7:13PM

    I would have started freaking out, I hate getting lost (bad experience in a forest behind my college years ago). Glad you made it home, even if it was little shorter than you had wanted.

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BOILHAM 3/21/2013 7:05PM

    Sometimes those unexpected problems can make a run more fun than a planned, timed run. I purposely leave my gps watch home once in a while, too.

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RHONDALYN10 3/21/2013 6:46PM

    Sounds like a great run all in all!

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JESSIKA_56 3/21/2013 6:41PM

    At least you got out there and did something, even if it wasn't quite a half. Good job!

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WONDERWOMAN 3/21/2013 6:08PM

    I am impressed with how well you did on your own. I am directionally challenged even with GPS, much less on my own. Hoping for a good report next time.

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STRIVERONE 3/21/2013 5:39PM

    Since I got a Garmin about a year ago, I always wear it because I like the feedback. But I understand that the right thing is to do is ditch it every now and then and just run.

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POISONGIRL999 3/21/2013 5:35PM

    Sometimes the "lost" runs are the most fun. Well once you get over the fear of being kidnapped by a man driving a white van.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 3/21/2013 5:29PM

    I hate when my Garmin acts up too. I also hate running less than I thought I did. I used to be much harder on myself...now I just run to run:)

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