Saturday, May 22, 2010
After leaving Penny, John came back to find me where I had turned around at mile 6. After taking my gu (I left out that unfortunate picture). I was doing fine at first, but after taking the gu I had trouble getting my pace back up. I didn't push it too much harder then because I knew I was still on track to finish at about an average of 9:30, and I also knew that I would need that energy in the last few miles.
Mile 5- 9:20
Mile 6- 9:28
Mile 7- 9:45
Mile 8- 9:39
Penny and I met back up just before mile 8 and kept on going. It was nice to get a conversation partner back, and I was confident the last 4 miles would go by as quick as the first 4. We chatted about our upcoming marathon training and all the thoughts and advice we had heard and what to make of it all. I will be happy to do this first one and get the experience, and build from there on what I would and would not do again.
John stayed a bit longer to snap a few more pictures before heading home.
Penny and I had decided to pick it up for the last 2 miles. Well with about 2.5 to go I decided to stop for a minute, catch my breath and then just try to get it over with. by that point I was soaked with sweat, my skirt was sticking to me, and the bugs that were chasing me were getting stuck to my skin- gross!!!
The last 2 miles came, and they hurt, I was hot, tired, sweaty and just ready to be done. I sucked it up big time, I felt like a newbie runner all over again. I told Penny just to keep talking to me, since I was panting like a dog at this point I wasn't offering much good conversation. I did manage to keep my last 2 miles to sub-9:00 paces, but it wasn't pretty, my form sucked, and I didn't even really have it in me to sprint the last .1 like I always try to. Oh well, still faster than I normally finish my last 2 miles of a 12 mile run.
Mile 9- 9:34
Mile 10- 9:16
Mile 11- 8:55
Mile 12- 8:50
12 Miles- 1:52:30 (on the dot, that never happens), avg. pace 9:23, 1312 calories burned (Crazy!!!)
I am pleased to have a sub-9:30 average pace, and glas I was able to pick it up the last 2 miles more than I usually would. A huge thanks to Penny for sticking with me when I was slowing down, and even more so for pushing me at the end!
Also, a big shout out to Jaime too who rocked her solo 15 miler this morning while I stole her running partner ;)