Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Exclusive Double-Digit Club

I have arrived. I had 10 miles on the agenda today and was so nervous about it, I created this blog last night. I haven’t conquered double-digit miles since my last Half in May of 2012, and as I recall, those were not very pleasant. I'm determined to get to a place where 10 miles is a normal run and not Mt Everest, and today was the first major step in that direction.

Griggs Reservoir is my current go to running spot in Columbus. From one end to the other and back, it is approximately 6.4 miles, so I had to do a couple of turns to get in all 10 miles. There are many hills along the way and I find it a challenging, yet manageable course. Fun fact, I visited Griggs Reservoir when I was a senior in high school touring OSU and only realized it was the same spot 2 weeks ago during my first run in Columbus. Picture proof below…I haven’t changed a bit ;)

I started my run slow, or at least, what felt slow, and realized too late I should have started slower. Pacing is still something I’m trying to figure out. The ideal run is one where you get faster and faster with each passing mile and finish strong. I can do this with limited problems with any distance up to 6 miles, and usually with an average pace of 8:30 ish. Past that, and I begin to struggle with pacing and time. My goal today was to finish, so I wasn't fretting over the increase in time. Mile splits were…

Mile 1: 9:17
Mile 2: 9:17
Mile 3: 9:24
Mile 4: 9:37
Mile 5: 9:30
Mile 6: 9:53
Mile 7: 9:43
Mile 8: 9:41
Mile 9: 10:19
Mile 10: 10:23
Walking on sunshine - I did it!
I also tested a new fuel strategy for the first time (ever). I never fueled for either of my past half marathons, but decided to give it a go this time around. These little boxes of raisins are perfect! I had one at Mile 5 and walked 1:30 while eating. The other was scarfed down once I hit Mile 8 with the same 1:30 walk. I definitely think raisins will be my fuel come race day. The chewing slows me down a bit, but I think my legs appreciate the quick break. 

It’s now time to eat lots of food and watch some football - say hello to my best friend, “Peanut butter rice cake with half a banana” - yes I already had a bite before I thought to snap a pic. 

Oh and just because, this is how Stella gets in her water "fuel" for the day...
Go Bucks!

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