I saw this on Facebook today, and just had to share:
I've been really tired of doing my runs on the treadmill--either the kids are home and I can't leave, or there is too much slush or ice to run outside. I'm always worried that I'm going to lose my fitness ability by doing the treadmill instead of running outside--that probably makes no sense at all. Basically, since I race outside, I feel like I should practice outside.
Anyway, the past two attempts I made at a 12-miler have fallen through. On Friday, my plan was to run the virtual 5K with my mom on the treadmill, then go home and run 9 more miles. I put every ounce of energy I had into that 5K, and was completely spent, so I decided to do the 12-miler on Sunday. Well, on Sunday, I did 8 miles on the treadmill, and my stomach was cramping really badly (no doubt from all the wine I drank on Friday night!) so I quit at 8.
Even though Tuesdays are 3-miler days, I decided to go for 12 today. I really needed to see that I could do it. The snow was completely melted, and it was 40 degrees outside. The only issue was that there was a 50% chance of rain, and it was extremely foggy. Since I really wanted to run outside, I decided to chance it and go ahead.
I was feeling pretty energetic--probably from my super healthy dinner last night:
Anyway, my goal today was to try and run the 12 miles at a sub-9:05/mi pace, which is about what I will need to run to reach my goal of a sub-2:00 half marathon. I started out going quite a bit faster than that, but I was feeling so good that I just went with it and hoped I didn't collapse halfway through the run.
I did my current favorite out-and-back route and about five miles in, it started to rain. It wasn't the "Oh, that feels so good!" kind of rain that I like when I run; it was the "Pouring down into my eyes so I can only stare straight at the ground" kind of rain. I thought about turning around and only doing 10 miles, but I was really determined to get 12 in today.
It rained the rest of the run. My hands were completely frozen, and my shirt was soaked all the way through, and was just clinging to me. I tried to wipe the rain off of my face, but my shirt was so wet that it didn't help. But I was keeping on pace!
At around mile 9, I decided that if someone offered me a ride, I would take it. I was that cold and wet and miserable. But nobody offered me a ride, which I'm sure is a good thing, because then I had to finish. Sometime after mile 10, I felt a new burst of energy and I picked up the pace a little. I finished really strong, and was SO excited when I saw my time!!
Speaking of my next half-marathon... I think I finally decided which one to do. I was trying to decide between three--Rock CF Rivers, Martian, or Glass City. It turns out, my decision was made for me: Martian. My sister is going to be in town at the end of April, and we're going to do the Glass City Marathon as a relay team (5 people).
And I have very exciting news about why I can't do Rock CF Rivers. I can't believe I forgot to write about this, among the excitement of the 5K! I've been on an RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) mailing list for about a year, because I'm interested in taking a class to get certified as a running coach. Their classes are few and far between, and they are NEVER anywhere close to my house. Being on the mailing list means that as soon as a new class is available, they send me the info. I told myself a long time ago that if they sent one that was within an eight-hour drive from home, I would do it.
The classes fill up uber-fast, within hours. But they were always so far away, that I couldn't even consider it. Anyway, the day before my birthday, I got an e-mail--there were a few new classes. Hawaii, some other really far away place, and then DAYTON, OH. I had to Google quickly if Dayton was close enough to drive, and it's only 3 hours, so I called my mom to see if she could help with the kids that weekend, and she said yes. I immediately registered for the class, and it sold out just hours later.
I was SO excited to get in! It's a two-day course (Sat & Sun), from 8-5 each day, so I'm going to have to leave before five in the morning that Saturday to get there in time, and then stay the night in Dayton. It turns out Carly, from my Ragnar team, lives just 10 minutes from Dayton, and she offered for me to stay with her... which makes the whole thing even more fun! So hopefully, after the certification class, I will be an RRCA-certified running coach. :)