11 Mile run.... with pictures!

Monday, April 11, 2011

I felt on top of the world this weekend! My friend and I completed our first ever 11 mile run on Saturday.

Having 10 miles under our belt, this one felt achievable. I actually didn't have any nerves going out this time. Which was weird! I tend to always get a little nervous before a run. Seeing her map of our run and where we were going to be going, it looked a little tough. She managed to incorporate 3 big hills and then a nice incline for our last mile. YIKES! emoticon

But we could do this and would run this even if we had to go slower.

Quick goodbyes to my kids, fuel snack in our pockets, and then we were off. (My friend gave Kacie the map with our mile markers. Her job was to mark off a mile about every ten minutes and then she would know where we were. She loved that!)

The first mile is always hard. I tend to breathe heavier during my first mile as my body is waking up and adjusting to this activity I am putting it through. And I was tired Saturday morning.... guess I should have went to bed earlier. But chatting away with my friend helped and the next thing I know is that we are heading into mile 2.

We both had on our Garmin watches and it was funny to hear them ring at the miles at the same time. We were in perfect sync! I kept an eye on my watch for our pace. We were trying to keep it at 11 minute miles but we were consistently staying between 10:00 - 10:20. We would try to slow down but would creep right back up to that pace. So we just let our bodies decide.... we weren't struggling so why not! Hopefully this wouldn't hurt us in the end.

Our first hill was tough but we ran it at 11:10 which isn't too bad. The stretch between mile 5 and 6 was all country flat road. This was a nice relief after the hill. Although this is where I started to notice a little fatigue in my legs. But I tried to ignore it and continued on.

Miles 7 and 8 went pretty good even with the hill. We both were feeling great and still running at that consist pace. We started eating a little of our fuel to gain a little more energy during this time. Craisins are a great snack to eat while running!

Miles 9 - 11 were pretty much all up hill. It was a struggle but we made it! When we stopped and started our walk cool down I immediately went to my watch to see our stats. And I was shocked! emoticon We DID stay very consist on our run. Here are the stats:

11 Miles
Total Time: 1:56
Total Over All Pace: 10:34
Over All Max Pace: 9:03
Calories Burned = 1833

Mile 1 - 10:29
Mile 2 - 10:33
Mile 3 - 10:43
Mile 4 - 10:37
Mile 5 - 10:36
Mile 6 - 10:32
Mile 7 - 10:21
Mile 8 - 10:38
Mile 9 - 10:29
Mile 10 - 10:57
Mile 11 - 10:21

After my friend left, I took a good 20 minutes to stretch and roll out. I was sore after we stopped running. But the stretching and rolling felt great. We went for family walks before lunch and then again before dinner just to make sure that my muscles didn't tense up. This made a difference and I actually felt great on Sunday.

I am feeling really good about this half. I am starting to feel like I can do it and will remain strong during the race!

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    Nice job!! You are awesome, and you look so happy! Fabulous.
    3576 days ago
  • BTRFLY08
    emoticon emoticon
    3576 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5826541
    wow, nice job. runnin strong!!!
    3577 days ago
  • ANNIE7205
    Great job!
    3578 days ago
    Nice job! I have that same problem - aiming for 11 and keep hitting 9:45 - silliness! I'll try to remember to tune in to my body too instead of being fustrated.
    3578 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8532717
    Great job! Awesome stats too!
    3578 days ago
    This is awesome. I'm just starting to run again after a 5 year hiatus and it's soooo hard this time for some reason. Maybe someday, if I just keep at it, I'll be up to this! You're such an inspiration!
    3578 days ago
  • GLMOM2
    You both rocked that 11 miles out! emoticon emoticon

    I thought I was going to die after my 2.9 miles yesterday! I can't imagine ever building up to run out 11 miles!

    FANTASTIC job to you & your running mate! emoticon
    3578 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/11/2011 12:53:01 PM
  • no profile photo CD8541328
    Awesome job! I hope someday I can get some accomplishments as great as yours =)
    3578 days ago
    Great job!!! Your splits are fantastic! I think it's funny that you and your friends' Garmins are so in sync with each other. When I run with my group, none of us are completely in sync with anyone else, so there's pretty much a constant beeping throughout the runs! Especially since mine beeps on the mile, most beep on the kilometer, and some beep to mark the 10:1 intervals!
    I always tend to just run whatever pace feels natural on my solo runs, which works well for the short "easy" runs, but not so much for long ones! I need to learn how to pace myself!
    3578 days ago
    Great Job on the RUN. I need to hit the pavement as my next half is in May.
    3578 days ago
  • IREMEMBERME do you all do it!?!?! I am just getting started ... literally just running a few blocks at a time. I want to get to where you are. I guess it is just one step at a time, right? I noted in your blog post where you said the first mile was hard. I do my little run thing twice (with a walk before, after and in between). That first time through feels like I'm gonna die!! (LOL) But...yeah, you're right! The 2nd time through doesn't really hurt :-) Thanks for the inspiration! I'm gonna cling to your shoelaces :-)
    3578 days ago
  • ASIOX3
    Wow great job!!!! :) and very good pace for new distance!
    3578 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/11/2011 10:06:27 AM
    WOW!! Girl you not only inspire me...but kick some serious butt! emoticon
    3578 days ago
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