I’m not quite sure what possessed me to do so, especially with my first day at the new job starting tomorrow at 5:30am, but I decided to completely skip over miles 7 and 8 and go straight for running 9 today. It wasn’t my original plan (which seems to be a trend, I’m noticing). But, basically what happened was at the start of the trail I ran today was a sign showing certain distances. I was planning on 3.5 miles out and back, but the sign only gave the options of 1, 3, and 4.5 mile markers. I figured I’d decide what I was actually going to do once I reached the 3 mile mark….and I felt like continuing on. And the best part….I managed to jog all but maybe 1/2 mile of it. It was a little rough at times, but I told myself no matter how slow I felt like I was going, I HAD to keep jogging and NOT stop to walk.
I did end up taking a little break around 6 or 7 miles. My knees started to ache as soon as I stopped, and I must have looked like a newborn giraffe trying to stand for the first time.
After only about a minute, I went right back into jogging. My pace slowed quite a bit, but I ran the best I could.
The temperature and weather conditions were perfect for running today: upper 50’s with the majority of the breeze being blocked by trees, but open enough to let the sun shine through. I did waste a few minutes taking my Brooks jacket off because it was actually a little too warm. I lost a few more minutes waiting at the only intersection I had to cross. Traffic was a little heavy, and it felt like playing frogger trying to cross the multiple lanes.
I was SO excited once I reached the last mile, and I had to keep telling myself to slow it down and keep a steady pace, otherwise I’d wear myself out. I glanced at my watch and was even more excited to see it was still under 2 hours. This gave me hope of beating my previous half marathon time. My final time for this run ended up being 1:53:51.
Tomorrow ought to be fun considering it’s my first day at the new job…and I’ll be on my feet the entire time. Wish me luck!