Sunday, November 19, 2006

Double Digits!

OK, first of all...
GO BUCKS!!!

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How awesome was that game?!?! I missed Columbus so badly yesterday. I really wished I could have been there walking home drunk and happy from the Varsity Club.

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However, something even more amazing happened to me yesterday...my 9 mile run. Actually, it WAS a 9 mile run, that turned into a 10.7 mile run!!!! That's right people, I am officially in the double digits!

We had a 9 mile backwards run scheduled for 6am. The weather was in the LOW SIXTIES with low humidity and really windy. Mercy met me at my house and we drove out to Hobie Beach on Key Biscayne instead of our usual start in South Miami. It was a beautiful and much needed change of pace that got the group remotivated for training.

We started our run by going over the Rickenbacker Causeway and back.

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It was still nice and dark out while we ran it and the view of downtown Miami was beautiful. The bridge was a decent climb, but nothing we couldn't handle, especially since we were all adrenalized from the cool morning air. Having Mercy with me really helped the run fly by since we talked the whole entire way. We ran into Coconut Grove and back and felt so great when we hit the nine mile mark that we decided to run the bridge again. This sounded like a fantastic idea, until we were running back. It seemed a hell of a lot steeper after another 8 miles. Our time was slow as hell but I've decided not to even think about my times on Saturdays and just focus on the accomplishment of building my mileage. We ran it in 2:06:05 but that includes 4 water breaks and minute walk breaks every five minutes, so it really wasn't too bad. And to top it off, I wasn't even sore today.

So, other than that, just planning for Turkey week. We have lots of family coming into town and lots of running planned. I've got some training runs Monday and Tuesday, the 5k Trot on Thursday, and Jer and I are planning a 10 mile run Saturday at my parent's house. We'll see how easy it is with my 8mile/minute running marathon husband.

6 comments:

Left Foot, Right Foot said...

That route looks/sounds beautiful. Congrats on the run. May be a dumb question, but what's a backwards run?

Laurel said...

Not a dumb question at all .It just means we started our run from where we would normally end it on our longest run. We ran in the opposite direction of how we normally do, just to switch it up a bit. It really did help to break up the monotany.

Left Foot, Right Foot said...

Thanks for the answer. And thanks for your last comment on my blog about the walk breaks. I've learned my lesson! From now on walk breaks are my friend. I wish I would've signed up for training with a Galloway group, but I just bought one of his books so I have no excuse.

Neese said...

Hi Laurel just found your blog today and i love your design work, i'm a former Ohioan as well, congrats on the double-digit run, awesome!

Angie said...

Hi Laurel... terrific blog! Good luck with your training. The half distance is the BEST race!

Angie said...

Hi Laurel... terrific blog! Good luck with your training. The half distance is the BEST race!

 
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