Saturday, March 10, 2007


RUN: 4:03 / 16.0 MILES / 4R:1W

It was the perfect morning for a long run. No clouds in the sky. No wind. The starting temperature was 32. Today was an important run for me in my training for the marathon. Alot of my longer runs until now had been on the treadmill. Taking it to the streets feels so different.Besides a few snowy and icy spots on the sidewalks , conditions were perfect. I packed up my fuel belt with 3 bottles of water, 2 bottles of gatorade and 4 GUs. My hope was to stay around a 14:30 pace. The first hour nothing was clicking. I could not get into a rhythm. My pace was way off.Finally ,I settled in and the rest of the run felt comfortable. I am signed up to run a half next weekend. The course closes after 3 hours. If I ran like today,I wouldn't make it. I'd prefer not to be that person in front of the police car with the lights on at the end. I feel like I'm cutting it close on my training for the PIG on May 6th.

I haven't been able to blog much lately because my life has been so hectic. My MIL sold her house in ohio in is moving up here in 2 weeks to her new duplex. My Hubby is in Ohio with her today packing the things in the basement of his dad's. Hopefully everthing will be calm by April 1st.

Waddling to grab lunch....


Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I think 16miles is awesome.

I ran 6.3 miles today and that was enough to do me in; I can't imagine tacking another 10 onto the end of that. You did great.

Have fun with the half next weekend!!

21stCenturyMom said...

I'm sure it was great to run outside but 32 is still pretty nippy. Your training is going great!

Go all out for the half - you'll be fine!

Reluctant Penguin said...

4 hours? That is great. I only spent a half-hour on the treadmill but feel I deserve extra credit because somehow I found myself in the middle of a group of teenagers being orientated (is that a word?) to strength training. I kept pointing to the weight machines, but to no avail. :)
Good luck on your race next week.

Vic said...

16 mile training run at 14:30 equates nicely to sub-3 hour half marathon. No problem. You're there. Can't wait to hear.

IronSnoopy said...

Woo hoo for getting outside! What a beautiful weekend! I am so pooped and so happy.

I think you should be OK next weekend. It's a tough course (that I hear), but your training has been going really well. Think positive.

Nice job on a really decent long run! :)

Vickie said...

Nice run. You finally are getting there, and thanks to the weather getting better. You can chalk this winter up to extreme training conditions, that's for sure!