A story of going from being a non-runner to planning for a marathon in three years...

Saturday, June 19, 2010


The Chicago area had some wicked storms on Friday night that caused scenes like the one pictured above (that I totally stole off a website and did not take myself). Thankfully the storms subsided by the time I went out for my Saturday morning run and they took the 90+ degree temperatures with them.

Doesn't mean it wasn't still freaking humid at 6:45 AM. My first mile was a toughie. I couldn't believe it when the Garmin told me I was only running a 10:30something pace. It felt way harder than that.

The FIRST training plan I'm following seems to think that my Planned Marathon Pace is 9:50. Oh, FIRST training plan. You're so optimistic. I can barely run a half marathon at that pace, let alone double the distance. Regardless, that's what my training plan told me to run my 9 miles at so that's what I attempted.

I didn't quite make it but, all in all, I'm pleased with my 10:00 minute/mile pace. The run was rough and I had to stop for traffic a ton of times. I took some Sports Beans around mile 5.75 and those did give me a boost for a bit.

I will say, though, that I was glad when I hit 9 miles. I was slippery with sweat, I was tired, my feet ached, and I really just wanted a shower. And, even though I know I should eat something after I run, I really was NOT hungry until hours later.

Regardless, I'm glad I got it done and at what I consider a good pace. My legs are freaking tired, though, because after all that I ended up walking around a mall with my mom for a few hours. I'm glad that most of tomorrow will be spent sitting.

Speaking of which, I'm going on hiatus for a week while I enjoy a vacation with my mom. We're going to Savannah, Georgia. I have no idea if I'll run since if I can barely handle our temperatures and humidity I'm sure I'll dissolve into a puddle of goo in theirs. Still, I'd like to be able to say I've run in yet another state. But will I? I guess you'll have to check back next week to find out!


Route:--Elev. Avg:625 ft
Location:Forest Park, ILElev. Gain:+0 ft
Date:06/19/10Up/Downhill: [+59/-59]
Time:06:44 AMDifficulty:2.3 / 5.0

Distance: 9.01 miles
Speed:6.0 mph
Pace:10' 00 /mi
Elevation (ft)
Pace (min/mile)
MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
110' 28+0' 285.7-0.3+3 ft
211' 00+1' 005.5-0.5+6 ft
310' 20+0' 205.8-0.20 ft
49' 45-0' 156.2+0.2-9 ft
59' 43-0' 176.2+0.2+10 ft
610' 25+0' 255.8-0.20 ft
710' 32+0' 325.7-0.3+3 ft
810' 34+0' 345.7-0.3-13 ft
end9' 19-0' 416.4+0.40 ft
Versus average of 10' 00 min/mile

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Jessica (Bayjb) said...

Wow that is one crazy picture! Fortunately, I came home to power, but tons of people are STILL without! Crazy. Have a great trip!

Jacklyn said...

Why is that that after a run in the heat you just aren't hungry. I'm the same way. Have fun in Savannah! It's such a neat town but so stinkin' hot. I can't imagine running there.

kilax said...

I hope you are having fun on your vacation!

Did FIRST want you to do the marathon at 9:50 or this long run at 9:50? Doesn't it add a minute or so on for long runs? Yikes. I cannot imagine doing that long of a run at marathon pace!

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