Back to Double Digits: 10.0 Miles on 10-10-10

Welcome back to double-digit-land!

 

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I haven’t attempted to run double digits since January, when I ran the Disney marathon! I’ve been slowly building up for several weeks:

 

 

Considering today is 10-10-10 (October 10, 2010), what better day then today to try for 10 miles!? 

 

Last night, I had leftover Spinach, Chickpea, Butternut Squash, Gnocchi for dinner. I also ended up having a glass of milk and apple+pb before going to bed because I felt like I needed a second dinner.

 

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I woke up this morning around 7:30am and had a pre-run CLIF bar. I usually eat half for 7.0 or less miles, mainly because I’ll be back to eat a full meal in an hour or so, but I knew I would be eating for a while.

 

Food is fuel!

 

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It’s finally cool enough to be able to wear short sleeves when running if you head out before 10:00am. I haven’t been able to wear this shirt in quite a while. 🙂

 

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I set out this morning determined to finish under a 10:00 min/mile pace. I started off slower to save energy, and built up speed as I got farther along.

 

Around the 6 or 7 mile mark, I took a quick stretch break…

 

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…and had a CLIF Shot. I love the RAZZ flavor!

 

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After my mini-break, I continued on my merry way. I didn’t want to litter, so I used the litter leash to hook my used goo packet onto my amphipod belt. I feel so much of a difference when I take an energy gel on long runs rather than forgoing it.

 

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My favorite running song that pumps me up came on towards the end of my last mile: Kanye West’s Stronger. It was just the extra boost I needed!

 

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“…Work it, make it, do it, makes us, Harder, better, faster, stronger…”

 

I finished my long run in 1:36:21! I felt so much healthier, stronger, and more in shape then I did even a few weeks ago at Miracle Miles 15k.

 

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Mile Splits:

  • Mile 1:  10:12
  • Mile 2:  9:56
  • Mile 3:  9:45
  • Mile 4:  9:47
  • Mile 5:  9:43
  • Mile 6:  9:39
  • Mile 7:  9:17
  • Mile 8:  9:21
  • Mile 9:  9:30
  • Mile 10:  9:23

 

Hooray for negative splits! My average pace ended up being 9:38 min/mile!

 

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Aaaaaaah! This is so exciting for me! Not only did I get back to double digit runs, but I finished feeling stronger than I have in almost a year!

 

Because I want to track my progress in as many different ways as possible, I have started wearing the heart rate monitor part of the Garmin Forerunner. It annoys me to wear it, but I want to see if I can learn anything from the data.

 

Guess what?! That means I did 10.0 miles, below a 10:00 min/mile pace, before 10:00 am, on 10-10-10.

 

Holy nerd alert. I better stop now.

 

❤ MegaNerd

Late Night Long Run

Sometimes, life gets in the way of your plans.

 

In a perfect world, I would follow a perfect training schedule, with 10% weekly mileage increase, long runs on the same day of the week, a perfect balance of speed work, long runs, etc. etc… all the things you are “supposed” to do according to the books. My life is far from perfect, and so is my training schedule.

 

Like many other runners, my work schedule changes each day, and I have to plan my running times around when I am not working! I’m leaving for BFF Debbie’s wedding in New Jersey on Friday morning, before 8:00am, and won’t be back until Monday afternoon. That leaves NO time for a long run during the weekend!

 

I’m training for the Miracle Miles 15k, and have only a few weeks to work up to 9.3 miles. On the way home from work, I debated when I should squeeze a long run in. My options were:

  • skip the run altogether (lame)
  • run tonight
  • run Thursday morning (have to wake up way early, I work 8am-7pm, and still have to pack for NJ)
  • run when I get home on Monday night (and possibly risk feeling tired from an epic weekend)

 

I decided to go with tonight. Why wait?

 

I got home around 5:50pm. It was my turn to make dinner for my second family, and was determined to get it done and out the door by 7:00pm. Now THAT, my friends, is ambitious. 😉

 

My goal for the night was to “make brown rice taste good.” They have only had it once before and thought it was disgusting and bland. I had no problem coming up with something to make for them!

 

I made chicken stir fry, with red peppers, broccoli, and carrots. I boiled veggie broth instead of water to add flavor to the otherwise bland brown rice.

 

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I set the table, and waited for everyone to try their dinner. The clock was ticking, and it was already 6:42 when we sat down. It took extra long because I haven’t ever cooked in their kitchen, and had to search for everything.

 

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According to the girls, it was a success! Mission accomplished. I waited 15 minutes or so, and headed upstairs to change.

 

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By the time I laced up my shoes and got out the door, it was 7:18pm. The sun sets here at about 7:45pm, so I knew there was no way I was going to squeeze in the 8.0 miler I had planned before dark.

 

I ran about 4.5 before the darkness finally set in. Luckily, they live on a well lit-street, so I was able to finish up the run on their road. The road is only 0.25 miles long, so I literally ran up, and down the street. Up. Down. Up. Down. Le sigh.

 

It got sooooo boring, that I finally stopped after 7.0 miles. My legs felt great, but I was kind of freaked out running in the dark. I kept hearing "weird noises” and dog barks. I’m a wimp, but at least I’m cautious. I know that I’m not invincible.

 

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Distance:  7.0 miles

Total Time:  1:11:52

Average Pace:  10:16 min/mile

 

  • Mile 1:  10:31
  • Mile 2:  10:16
  • Mile 3:  10:15
  • Mile 4:  10:30
  • Mile 5:  10:14
  • Mile 6:  10:08
  • Mile 7:  9:57 (under 10! yay!)

 

After my run, I came home to a lovely glass of chocolate milk. The perfect recovery drink, in my opinion. 😀

 

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So I didn’t get in the 8.0 miles that I wanted to, but there is always next week. I felt good about tonight’s run, and much stronger than I did on Saturday’s 7.0 miler. Progress!

 

(Side Note: I have only ran once since Saturday, an easy 2.5 mile last night)

 

I kind of liked doing my long run at the end of the day. I feel less bad about coming home and lounging around in pajamas for the next few hours, if it’s what I’d be doing anyway.

 

Do you prefer to do your long runs (or long workouts) in the morning or at night? What are your reasons? Do you do them on the weekends, or another day of the week?

 

❤ MegaNerd