Thursday, May 17, 2012

10 Mile Run...First Double Digit Training Run

Today was my very first kick-ass double digit training run, ever.  This morning I just got it into my mind that as soon as my children were off to the institution School I was going to attempt my longest run yet! 

So I grabbed a LARA Bar and some coffee before getting dressed to run.  I also got my new hydration pack filled and ready, then I got all the zippers zipped (all one of them) and put a granola bar in the pocket as well as my I.D. and money for cherry gummy candies (we'll call them energy gels). 

What I still haven't acquired

I started out my run just like every other training run, slow and easy allowing my muscles to warm up at a steady pace.  It was great weather for running and I was going to enjoy it.  This route was a new one for me but I really enjoyed the different scenery I came across.  Thank goodness there were no vicious or rabid dogs to deal with or zombies street people. My other long route tends to go through some questionable parts of town, so this was a nice change of pace.

Seriously, it's true

I made sure to run against traffic, mostly in the bike lane (it's more flat and even) and I wore a bright neon yellow hat so as to be more noticeable. I also wrote a note and left it on my counter, telling my family what my route would be and when I left the house, just in case something happened and I didn't show up for work or return home safely.  Obviously nothing bad happened, but it's better to be safe than sorry.  They (the hubs and my boys) don't like me running alone when they are gone to work or school, but a girl's gotta get her run in sometime, right!

About the halfway mark I needed a quick pick me up so I stopped at a market I've never been to, grabbed a bag of gummy candies (energy and according to the moron store clerk, since I didn't buy $5 worth of stuff he was going to have to charge me an extra $.50 cents for using my bank card...lame! My hubs and I don't charge people at our stores to use their not cool! It is what it is, but I won't be going back there, my hubby hates when I go to the competition anyway.

I really felt good when I made it back home a mere hour and 45 minutes later...I was shocked at my time.  I am the first to admit I'm a slower runner but I was very happy with my time, especially since I want to take these long training runs slower and at a more easy pace.  I feel I killed it really accomplished that goal today.

Unfortunately the allergies are acting up and I am completely plugged up, running from the nose, throat scratchy and irritated and just plain feel miserable every day in the evening.  I can't tolerate allergy medicine, it usually knocks me plumb out, but I do take some at night and that has been helping me get some much needed sleep. Here's to hoping my allergies ease up some and I can breathe better soon. 

I can't wait for my next long run next week, my son and I will be doing the 10 miles again, since I have time to double up my long runs.  Happy running my friends.  Stay safe. 

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck. 

"Limitations only exist if you let them" 

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  1. Congrats on your first 10 miler!!!! Awesome job!

  2. Congratulations are definitely in order! I remember being super nervous before my first 10 mile run. I've only run farther than that while running half marathons, so I'll be nervous again before the next 10 miler, too.

  3. Congrats on your first double digit run! That is a big accomplishment and you did kill it!

  4. Welcome to double digits. It's kind of a big deal. I hope you find, like I have, that this is where it all gets a lot more fun. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that needs a hydration pack at this distance. I get really dicey around 8 miles if I don't have some water on me.

  5. Congrats - that's super. You're on your way. I swear by Vanilla Gu.

  6. Getting into double digits is a big deal, congratulations! Once you run 10, you can run anything! I agree with the above comment that Vanilla Gu is a good place to start if you want to try some gels. I usually take a gel with me if I'm doing 10 just in case I need it and almost always use one if I run over 12. Great job!

  7. A different scenery helps to run better. Congrats on a great run. I had never heard that someone can charge more money for the use of the credit card.
    Glad that your son runs with you. Mine, even if fit, is often injured and he cannot follow a regular scheduled plan.

  8. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Sounds like you hit your first 10-Miler out of the park!!! It's just going to get easier and easier from here on out, too. =) that's great news that the hydration pack was so helpful, too!

    It was very smart for you to take all the precautions regarding your whereabouts during your run. You really cannot be too safe.


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