13.61 in 2:59:17 (13:10 pace)
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!