The Whole Nine Miles

I feel like my old running self again!

 

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After MONTHS of knee injury, major life changes (a bad breakup and graduation),  a lack of motivation, and just a general feeling of running defeat, I finally feel like a runner again! 😀

 

I know that running doesn’t define who I am as a person, but I struggled (mentally) with taking so much time off. Running has been a big part of my life for the past 4 years, and suddenly it wasn’t there anymore. I went from being one of the fastest in my group of running buddies to the slowest. I wasn’t really enjoying my short, slow runs all summer.

 

I think training for the upcoming 15k was just what I needed to lift my spirits, and set me back on track!

 

Last night, I had a yummy pre-long run dinner with my second family at Tijuana Flats.

 

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Sorry about the blurry picture. I ate a black bean burrito with tomato, onion, peppers, cheese, and a side of guacamole.

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I also had a bud light lime to go with!

 

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After dinner, I came home and laid out everything I needed for my morning run. I was very nervous and excited to attempt my longest run since the Disney marathon back in January!

 

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I forced myself to eat about 3/4 of this CLIF bar… blech. Normally I’m a huge fan but it wasn’t sitting right this morning.

 

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After a mini-mental-pep-talk I headed out the door!

 

Over the river and through the woods…

 

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Until I reached my goal of 9.0 miles! The whole nine miles, complete without any problems. Other than my stomach hurting.

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Mile Splits:

  • Mile 1:  10:16
  • Mile 2:  9:56
  • Mile 3:  10:08
  • Mile 4:  10:11
  • Mile 5:  10:23
  • Mile 6:  11:44 <—walk break to eat Clif shot !
  • Mile 7:  10:36
  • Mile 8:  10:35
  • Mile 9:  9:40

 

Total Run Time: 1:33:31

Average Heart Rate: 163 bpm

Average Pace: 10:24 min/mile

 

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Considering I just ran a moderately fast paced 5.0 mile run yesterday on the t-mill, I was shocked at how awesome my legs felt after this run!

 

Someone please remind me NOT to eat dairy products in the days leading up to next Saturday’s 15k Race. Other than that, I think I’ve got this.

 

❤ MegaNerd

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12 Responses

  1. You are awesome!!! This is random, but is that Tijuana Flats neat UCF? I am from MD but my friend from UCF always talks about going there. We only have a Chipotle here!

  2. Good job! I think you were made to run 🙂 You’ll be back to PR times in no time!

  3. Nice work! I felt the same way when I stopped swimming, but the plus side is that it feels SO GOOD when you get back to it!

  4. Good work- getting back into it feels amazing. Love the trail!

  5. Whew, dairy and running (and most other forms of exercise) do NOT work for me either. Congrats on the long run!

  6. I am going through a similar thing right now getting back into running. Watching you transition is very inspirational.

    I’m slowly learning my running no-no’s again: dairy, spicy foods, or beans haha.

  7. Are you doing the Miracle Miles?? I’m doing the 5K that day – if I see you I’ll say hey! 🙂

    Where did you find a trail with the miles marked? I always have to use mapmyrun.com and run thru neighborhoods. So much to learn!

    • Yea! I’m doing Miracle Miles. 🙂 Come say hi!!

      Seminole county (and Orange) have tons of paved trails with mile markers. Some of my favorites are: Cady Way Trail, Blanchard, Cross-Seminole! Check em out! 😉

  8. Congrats on getting back out there for a long run!

    I am finally getting back into having a real training schedule and having “long runs” – I missed them! 🙂

  9. live in Orlando too, bored with my runs, need new places to run. Is this cady way or econolatchee trail?

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