9:18, 9:14, 9:08, 9:25(BIG hill), 9:01, 9:06, 9:03/, 8:48, 8:44, 8:16(down hill), 8:35, 8:31, 7:40
To end my rest week, I planned on doing an EASY 13 miles. My hubby asked me how far I was going to run Saturday morning....I responded by 13 miles. He responded kinda smart-alecky...."only a half marathon for a Saturday morning". It wasn't that long ago when 13 miles WAS a long ways!
I somehow got nominated to have Easter at my house on Saturday last minute. AND there's been a lot more family drama. So my EASY miles turned into way FASTER miles.
I took a new route today and was pleased with the results - I ended up on my "preschool" route which really helped with pacing.
I was VERY cold when I first left the house and didn't get warmed up until 5/6 miles. It was a beautiful morning and I saw lots of runners.
I felt so great on the first half. I stopped at mile 5 and took a GU and some water. When I hit my turn around point, I realized I had picked up the pace. I was really starting to get warm. I kept *trying* to slow, but always managed to pick the pace back up. Finally, I just gave up and tried to keep it going.
I looked at my watched and thought maybe I could finish around 1:55:00 (I had run SG half at 1:55 and Dogtown at 1:52). Took another GU at mile 10. After that I tried to just book it home. I had to stop at a light and didn't mind the 15 second rest as I was starting to get tired..
Crazy enough, I felt great. I was breathing hard, but didn't hit puke zone and my legs felt good. After the run, my shins started to bug. I realized I've run 3 straight weeks on the TM. I didn't get to stretch as long as I wanted as I had to get cookin'!
So I was pleasantly surprised with my half marathon Saturday. Hope this "feeling good" lasts for next weeks 20 miler!!!!!