Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Another 10-Miler

So I decided today that since I hadn't ran since my 10-miler on Wednesday, it might be appropriate to run another 10-miler.  I didn't want to overwhelm my body on Saturday when I go for a 16-miler.  It's only 1.5 miles longer than the longest run I've done in my training, but that was a couple of weeks ago.

It went well.  I even ran a negative split!  This was nice since last week's 10-miler was so tough.  It was still about 77 degrees today and slightly humid, but there was a really pleasant breeze that helped make it feel entirely different.  I ran the first 5 miles in about 48:30, and then I ran the second 5 miles in about 45:30.  Overall, I finished in 1:32:53, and I still felt pretty good.

I also tried out the new fuel belt that I bought a few weeks ago.  I didn't want to try it for the first time on a REALLY long run.  It was a good test run.  It definitely took me the first mile to decide if I wanted to tuck my shirt under the belt or leave it out... I went with keep it under the belt so that the belt had no chance to rub my skin.  I was concerned that might be a problem.

It's still going to take some getting used to... It of course doesn't sit as low as I'd like what with me having a little bit of hips and a butt.  I'm also small enough around that I have to push the bottles to one particular spot on each side in order for them to be comfortable.  Every now and then my arms would hit a bottle, so that was a little annoying.  But I think I'll get used to it.  I don't know that I'll wear it in races since they provide water and stuff.  I also can't carry enough in the two bottles for a full 26 miles.  I might just wear the belt without the water bottles to carry my gel packs.  We'll have to see.

It felt good to get the run in at a 9:15 pace.  I'm really pleased with that time.  I guess you really are a runner when you can turn a 10-mile run into a tempo run.

(Toronto stories and pictures coming in the next few days, promise!)

4 comments:

Mojito Maven said...

ummmm I love how you didn't want to "overdue" your body by RUNNING 10 MILES...are you INSANE??????? that sounds like overduing it to me...

have you reconsidered my offer about moving to Dallas yet??? I hear we have marathons here...

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J said...

I know how you feel about the fuel belt being annoying and in the way but I think it is helpful because then you can carry snacks. The only thing i noticed is that while i was running, after i ate a little i always wanted water! lol

*aron* said...

which fuel belt did you end up getting??

great job on the 10 miler!! cant wait for pics and stories from your trip!