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Today, I took the day off from work. My birthday is Sunday, so I wanted to have day all to myself. I planned this weeks "
There's about a 2.2 mile loop around my neighborhood I like to run. I figured I could do it 3 times, and then do a shorter one for the last loop, and hit around 8 miles.
I woke up with a few aches and pains (I ran yesterday), but I was determined to keep going. My strategy for long runs is to run 4/walk 1.... so I run for 240 seconds at a time :-)
At around 49:00 I ate a Powerbar gel. I felt pretty hardcore running long enough to need a gel.
Most of the time on the run, I was able to talk myself into "I can do anything 240 seconds at a time!" It's so much easier psychologically to say, "I only have to run 4 minutes, then I get a break", instead of "I have to run for 90 minutes."
At about 80:00 my husband called me. I use my phone as a music player, so whenever someone calls, it interrupts my music. I'm torn- I'm glad to have my phone with me while I run (in case I get bitten by a dog or something), but I hate being interrupted.
Anyway, my time turned out to be 12:00 minute miles. This is disappointing, so I think I'm going to work on it. In fact, I may have decided something today (that I'm totally okay with):
I think I'm going to put off a full marathon this year.
I would really like to get better at the half before moving on. I've got the Country Music Half coming up at the end of April, then no other substantial races until the Nashville Women's Half in September. I think I can get better between the races, and then maybe start training for a full in January for the Country Music Full Marathon.
So, I think this is a good plan. I'm going to keep getting better and better.
Now, if I could just figure out the ice bath thing. That did NOT go well...
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