Almost Halfway There!
Well we’re 5 weeks into my 12 weeks of Half Marathon Training! And I just finished 6 miles. That means that we’re ALMOST halfway there.
I completed my 6 miles in 1 hour 12 minutes. If you do a bit more math . . . pretty easy math if I do so say myself . . . that’s 12 minutes per mile!
I actually felt really great. I ran the first mile pretty fast. Who doesn’t run too fast out of the gate. Then I ran into a herd of corgis! I wish I had my camera, because they were adorable. It was 6 corgis (1 mom, 1 great aunt, 1 great uncle, 1 grandma, and 2 6 month old puppies!!) I see April’s face in the corgis, and they just make me smile!
Anyway, back to the running . . . How could you not be distracted by the cuteness.
So I struggled through the second and third miles, but then I felt like I hit a groove. Maybe it was mentally thinking that I was halfway there. Maybe it was finding out that I’d much rather run a 10-11 minute mile, although I couldn’t maintain it for too long.
Of course it wasn’t all roses, I started getting another side stitch. I’ve been getting them in my right neck/shoulder. I talked to my friend, Kathleen, who just started running 2 years ago, and went through a lot of this already. She said that side stitches are probably related to being dehydrated. Therefore I drank a lot of water this morning/afternoon. Also, I learned to breathe through it push my air out through pursed lips. The stitch would then come in and out and I ran through it! VICTORY!
And for those of you wondering about the blister count . . it’s up to two. The one on my right instep is finally healed, so my left foot got in on the action. But I bought some moleskin and will just run through it.
Here’s my running (with walking breaks) synopsis:
I’m proud of my final mile. I told myself to have a negative split for the last mile and pushed out an 11:26 min mile. YAY!!
This really gives me hope that I might actually be able to do 13 miles. I didn’t feel totally gassed at the end. If it weren’t for that stupid blister, I wouldn’t have been hobbling home, either.
YAY!! RUNNERS HIGH! I HAZ IT!