Picture it: Sunday, March 20, 2011
That was the last time I had a double-digit mile run.
That is until yesterday!
10 miles in the books! I'm so excited.
I went out with the Foxtrot running group. This is a group of some pretty cool people. They're training for the Pittsburgh Marathon in May but anyone can show up for their weekend group runs. Since my friend, Sandy, and I are training for the Cook Forest 1/2, we're usually not prepared for the distance they have set to run. No biggie, we just adjust our mileage as needed.
So they had 14 miles on the agenda. I knew this was not possible for me. Sandy was thinking 10 miles and, although my schedule had a 9-miler on schedule, I was OK to try to 10.
So we met, took off and once we established our running grove, I found myself just a few steps ahead of Sandy (who was running with a gal, Kyra). When I hit the 5-mile mark, I turned around. Sandy felt good and wanted to continue, but Kyra was ready to turn around (to this point, 6 miles was her longest run). Sandy continued with the group and Kyra and I turned around and headed back to the start/finish.
For several miles we chatted and came to realize how similar our lives are - we chatted about our boys (she has 2 boys, ages 6 and 8) and their adventures in school and soccer, what we love about parochial schools, etc. Kyra started to slow and told me to push ahead and we'd meet at the end. So that's what we did.
I finished the 10.17 miles in 1:40 on the nose - setting my pace @ 9:50, which is the perfect pace for a long run!
10 miles - it's been a long time since I hit that mileage.
I'm feeling it a bit today, especially in the knees. I'm going to take it easy today and tomorrow and then hit the road again on Tuesday.
This is the group (before we took off). I'm in the pink top with the blue hat!