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

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Not an Exact Science

Well, it had been awhile since I ran a long run on the weekend and the last time I ran double digits after taking a few weeks off I was in such excruciating pain the next day that that's when I made a doctor's appointment for my shin.

Yesterday went much better, thank goodness. I've been having some weird groin pain but it didn't act up on the run. And while it was achy afterward I was still able to play Chicago tourist with my in-laws later that day.

Speaking of my in-laws, the photo at the top of this post is a wall hanging my mother-in-law sent me recently. Pretty neat, huh?

Anyway, the run itself was great. The weather was also great, if a little humid. Still, with air temps in the upper 40s and overcast I cranked out 11 miles at an average pace of 9:24. Faster than the last two times I ran 11 miles back in January.

Saturday Morning OPRC Run by snmnstrz21 at Garmin Connect - Details

The first seven miles went by in a flash and then we slowed down for the last 5. I was running with a friend who is training for his first marathon and another club member chided him for running too fast. Which is why we slowed down for the last bit. He was running his first 20 miler and had to keep running even after I headed for home.

We took a few breaks for traffic, trains, and to wait for other club members. And to search for water fountains. I didn't bring my fuel belt with me but, interestingly, I never felt thirsty. A testament to the weather I guess.

For once I didn't feel like I was totally dragging on a morning run. Who knows why. I don't think I got more sleep than normal. I didn't eat anything substantially different (maybe slight more protein than normal for dinner). I only got up 20 minutes earlier than usual. I wish it were a more exact science.