Last Long Run Before Buffalo Creek HM

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Yesterday was one of those perfect fall days (and today is, too). I didn't get out for my run until almost noon, but it was still cool and comfortable. Without any set plan, I headed toward the park, ran two one-mile loops, then headed out of town on the "back road." The route is nice rolling hills. I felt strong and I settled in to run/walk intervals of 8:2. I wanted to run the entire distance, but was feeling the effects of Friday's yoga class--lots of back bends--and I could feel some back muscle strains as I ran. The run went great until I hit mile 10 and smacked into the wall. My foot was aching (darn that blasted toe) and I felt like almost every drop of energy had been used up. So, I slowed my pace a bit and just kept pushing, adjusting my route a bit so I wouldn't hit any big hills. Finished in 2:15:31, which is about where I hope to finish in the half marathon. I'm looking forward to short runs until the 16th.
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  • BOBBYD31
    glad to hear you got thru the run, i feel your pain on the toe and it is not what i wanted to hear. your broke yours long before me...... grrrr!
    3096 days ago
  • BUGSMOM211
    emoticon on finishing..sometimes it is hard but we have to talk ourselves through it. Good luck with your half marathon coming up! emoticon
    3096 days ago
  • BRIAN36
    Nice run Janice!

    This maybe too late, but here are two links to two hotels. One is the quality inn in Kittanning and the other is the fairfield Inn in Butler. Both are about 20 mins. from the Buffalo Creek race parking lot. The Kittanning one is closer to you and less expensive but probably not as nice as the Fairfield. If you decide to stay at the Kittanning hotel, I could pick you up and we could head down to the race together.

    Also, there is a King's restaraunt near the race parking. I don't suppose they'd mind a group of sweaty sparkers showing up for a bite to eat.

    I ran 10 miles this morning in 1:57, which was a little faster than I expected since it was my longest run since the marathon. I'm debating doing another 10 this coming weekend. I've had to sacrifice a lot of midweek runs due to my daughter's volleyball schedule and the hours I've had to do at work.

    Give me a call closer to race day and we'll firm up our plans.

    3096 days ago
    Sounds nice! I haven't been out for a run in two weeks, and have to get inspired to start again. Reading about your lovely route is a gentle nudge in the right direction :-)
    3096 days ago
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