|It may be hard to see but that was our view of the river with snow|
|Alma at the turn|
|Me at the 4mi turn|
I had told Alma earlier in the week that we needed to keep the run slower. She and I actually keep a perfect pace. We get to talking and we sometimes pick it up, but for some reason I can feel us picking up the pace and can slow us down. That is something I have yet to figure out how to do by myself. When it is just me, I feel like I need to push and push and push faster and faster. We kept it between 9-930 and that was great!
I won't lie things were getting tough near the end of our 8mi together. I don't care what anyone including the Champion company says, their "Tech" shirts that are supposed to be wicking are NOT. In fact they are horrible for long runs in general! I felt like I was lugging an extra 20lbs! Of course I was dragging along some extra lbs. The snow had turned to rain and had soaked us through completely!
In fact Alma was a true life saver. She had along extra dry shirts and let me borrow one for the second half of my run. I felt like a new woman, until I started running again. Boy were those shoes wet and heavy!
I started out on mile eight pretty slow. I went out without music because I wanted to see how that went. I could feel how slow I was going so I checked the Garmin and wouldn't you know it, I was at about a 11mm. I was like "I can go faster than this" so I just started running a little faster. I had decided earlier that I would be ok with walking and I would just let the Garmin go. I gave up checking it obsessively like I tend to do when I am going fast. Instead I kept an eye on it to see my miles tick by and checked the pace every now and again. Instead I just checked int with my body to see how I was doing. For the most part I kept a pace that was really comfortable. My breathing was easy I did not feel fatigued.
At about mile 10 I felt like I needed to walk. I hadn't taken in much for fuel early in the run so I took a GU and had some Nuun. I kept the Garmin going as I thought I would have to take a longer break than about 10sec. but I felt so much better I started to run pretty much right away. I was back to feeling great!
I turned around for the finish at 11.5mi. I actually ran into a Leap Day 5k race. I actually was fun running against the traffic of the race. A girl even said "Great Job-Keep It Up" I of course told her great job back. It was fun to see all the couch to 5k runners/walkers. I remember when I started running and it made me happy for them that they took the plunge. Lots of grimaces but even more happy faces. I caught a few giving me funny looks but when you have snow on your hat, dew and steam coming off your pants and you are soaking wet when it is not raining (because it finally stopped dumping on me) you stand out as looking a little funny!
|These are actually black running tights, but you can see the dew accumulating on them. There is steam as well, but that is hard to capture.|
|Today's Half Marathon. A little slower than the last, but I also had less weight to push around that time!|
|Happy Finishing Face|