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Sunday, September 2, 2012

13...6?

13.61 in 2:59:17 (13:10 pace)
Runkeeper tends to screw me on just a little of my run when I import from my Garmin, so I'm going by what the Garmin said which are the stats above. :)

A couple friends and I wanted to run the whole 13.1 this morning to get a feel for it, and to have a time to beat for the race in 3 weeks. We ran the same route I did last week, but instead of having Damon pick us up, we just met at the finish and drove in one car to the start. We start at the trailhead at a lake, and end at a corporate office parking lot. I'd been the one to map it a couple days ago to be sure we'd finish before the huge hill I now knew was at the end. I let them know to do 3 loops around the lake in the beginning, and that would have us overshooting our 13.1 just a bit. They're much faster than me, so we separated pretty early on and I didn't see them again, but I later found out that they'd only done 2 loops around the lake so they only ended up running 12.5 while I ended up at 13.6. They weren't too broken up about it, and were happy with their run regardless of the shorter distance.

I was thrilled to FINALLY run the entire length I'd planned on! Every long run the last few weeks has ended up getting cut a little short, and it had been getting to me. Was I really going to be able to run a half marathon in a few weeks? I was starting to doubt myself, and today's run put my head back in the game. Bring that half, bitches! Let's do this! My goal for the half is to run it in 2:45 or less. I hit 13.1 at 2:52 today, so I think that's totally doable for race day.

I always run my long runs in Vitalsox compression socks. LOVE them! They help immensely with recovery, and keep me from having to walk like I've been rode hard the rest of the day after a long run. I've been happy with my compression socks, so I didn't really see the need for compression sleeves. Well, on a weightloss group I'm in, several people have been commenting on how much they love their Zensah compression sleeves, so I finally decided to try them. Today was my first run in them and they felt great. They were no better or worse than my socks, but they definitely helped. The only thing I didn't like about wearing sleeves is that I got pebbles and dirt in my socks because there's about an inch or two gap between the sleeves and my socks. That little bit of skin is now filthy! It wasn't a deal-breaker, and I'll definitely wear them again. I do have to admit that they look cuter than my compression socks.

Also, I got this email today. 30,000 steps before 10am? HELL YES!
Fitbit

10 comments:

  1. Girl, you are making me want to run a half! Guess I should try a 5k first, eh? Lol.

    -Brenna

    wortheverymoment.blogspot.com

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    1. Brenna, you really need to a 5k soon! You are so ready for one, and I know you will have a blast.

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  2. I am excited to find a blog with half marathon training recaps. I can't to go back and read your journey. I will be starting training for my first in a couple of weeks!

    Ang (from fit camp)
    www.lotsofwordslittlethought.blogspot.com

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  3. Ang, I didn't start blogging again until after I found fit camp, so I only recently started documenting my training. I half-assed the training until August too. :/

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  4. I just started c25k. I would love to do a half eventually. You are inspiring! ~fellow fit camper

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    1. Thanks! Keep on trucking and you'll be running half marathons before you know it. :) Good luck with C25K! It's a great program.

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  5. Congrats on your killer training run today! It's obvious that you've got this!!! I can't wait to read the race re-cap in a few weeks! P.S. I love all the fit camp references above!!! Go TEAM!! ~ Jen J.

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    1. Thanks, girl! Today's run got me really excited for race day.

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  6. Did you REALLY run a half marathon BEFORE your half marathon?! Wow. Congrats, I'm so excited about your race!!

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    1. lol, Brittany! I sure did! It's all mental for me, and I needed to KNOW I can do it before the race. It was great! We even went out for a pasta dinner the night before, and I wore my race day outfit to run, to get the full experience. I don't want any surprises on race day. :)

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