Sunday, February 21, 2010
That all being said - I went out the front door (well actually my in-laws front door) and just started running. I took Bogey along with me to help me keep my pace slow, but I felt so good over the first 20 mins I started to 'add' distance 3,4,5 miles went by without even a pause. I felt great and the weather was just perfect for running - overcast with just a touch of a drizzle as I ran along the windswept ocean and harbor area (58 degrees). After the 6 mile mark I was still feeling good so mentally I added another loop in my head. Right about then I realized that I was closing in on a personal best in distance (9.5 miles). But I was starting to worry about my running partner - Bogey had started to try to take 'drinks' out of the standing water collecting in the curbs while we were running. Twice I stopped at water fountains to try to get him to drink out of my hands, but the stupid dog would rather drink out of the curb on the run..... I lost about 3-5 mins trying to get Bogey to drink when I decided to just head home (approx 4 miles; I wasn't quite sure of the distance at this point). So Bogey and I fought our way home - 1:30:00 on the clock clicked away, then 1:45:00 and I reached the point where we were going to leave the beach behind. I knew that from this point we were just a little over a mile away from finishing so I gave Bogey a quick little pep talk and we trudged our way home. 2:01:51 was our final time, but how far did we go? I was guessing just over 10 miles, but I was suprised to see 11.45 come up when I mapped it out! A personal best on a day when I just wanted to get in about 4-5 miles.
Now just barely removed from this PB I'm wondering if I could break 2 hours 15 mins for my first half? This run was very, very easy - and the pace felt really good (10:39 per mile). I walked three times (two of them water breaks for Bogey), and I didn't have any water, gu's or food for the distance - I'm beginning to think that it's possible. Physically I'm tired, but not worn out and that leads me to believe that I can handle the half distance now and maybe even 'race' that distance. First I have to see if I can do the sub 60 though before I start planning any thing else. I have to remind myself that I'm stil training for my 10k. "Don't get ahead of myself."