So, although I already posted about Sunday’s run – I thought I would come back to saturday. I will admit – it wasn’t nearly as exciting however, it was noteworthy! On Saturday, I ran the farthest I have run to date – going .7 miles beyond my previous record! Having topped my previous “record” – I am feeling quite pleased with my training plan thus far! This weekend should hit the “half-marathon” distance – probably my biggest single milestone to date!
But about the run – it was a beautiful day for it – and I felt good out there. The temperatures have cooled a little which means my trusty water bottle lasts much longer! I headed out through glorious down town Binghamton, and at the 2.2 mile marker – I went by a demolished building. Luckily for you my readers, I KNEW you were going to ask – “Can I see the demolished building?” And I took a picture for you!
The bad news for me, the runner – is that my phone reset and lost my time count/mileage. I seriously need to consider getting a Garmin to prevent these occurrences. But after it finally came back up – I continued on. We have a great park in the area – Otsiningo Park – That has a nice 7 mile loop, and plenty of water fountains! It’s also very nice to look at as you go – and who doesn’t like nice scenery?
Funny occurrence at mile marker 7 of my run – I had hit the turn around point and just headed back, and a lady started waving her arms at me. I took my head phones off – and she started interrogating me about my shoes! She had apparently been looking for someone who was running in them so she could as her questions – and I was the first one she saw. She wanted to know what pains I had experienced and if I had any “bio-mechanical” issues. (I like that phrasing.) I did explain my pulled calves, and my Achilles tendon issues and finally got to get back on my way! (I sometimes feel like I am an ambassador for Vibram when it comes to these things!)
The rest of the run went quite well – although I was definitely feeling it by the end. One of the nicest points about it – was my recovery time. When I had just started running again – a 5 mile run had me completely worn out for hours. After this run – An hour later I was up and moving around again. Considering how destroyed I was in the past It was a VERY pleasant surprise!
First 2.2 miles – 18.40 Then my phone reset.
Mile 1: 9:14
Mile 2: 10:05
Mile 3: 9:11
Mile 4: 8:57
Mile 5: 9:28
Mile 6: 8:57
Mile 7: 9:01
Mile 8: 9:17
Mile 9: 9:13
Mile 10: 9:23
I would like to get my splits down lower, to 8 minutes or so – but I have to keep reminding myself that I am looking for increasing distance for my marathon – not working on speed. But it isn’t going to keep me from being annoyed when I do run a 5k for speed, and I am not appreciably faster than last year..
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