A hot, windy and humid 6.2 mile run!
So, Preston signed up for a 10k with his friend Danny on June 1. Two weeks ago Preston went from only running 1 mile to running 6.2 miles. I told him I was worried he was going to hurt himself. And, he did. Well, we’re not really sure when he hurt himself and if it was from running the 6.2 miles, because he’s been squatting really heavy too! But he ended up with stress fractures in both legs! Left is severe stress fracture, minor shin splints; right leg is minor stress fracture and severe shin splints. Ugh! That guy!
I wasn’t going to let his registration money go to waste in the River Run, so I called and switched the bib number to my name and age! But, then that meant I needed to start running again! I haven’t really done much running since my half! Yikes.
It was a week before the race so I knew I needed to get out there. I had my RunKeeper ready on my phone and I also decided to wear our Garmin Forerunner 310XT
so I could set a pace and try to follow it. I decided on a 10:05 pace, I thought that’d be pretty good, but I was nervous.
I took my energy drink (bleck, I hate that stuff!) and took off.
I was shocked to get my first mile in 9 minutes 14 seconds!? Whoa! It was 8:30 in the morning, but it was humid and hot when the wind was at my back. The wind was a beast too, like 26 mph! But it felt like heaven when I was running into it. My second mile I finished around 9:35. Third mile 9:40. Fourth mile 9:44. During the fourth mile things started getting rough. Even tho I had my water bottle and started drinking it at the one mile mark, I was hot. I’m definitely not used to running in this hot weather.
At 4.5 miles I decided I was going to walk. I didn’t let myself walk for long tho because I wanted to get a good time! I got to mile 5 at 48 minutes and 40 seconds and I was super proud of that. But, then things started going downhill… All I wanted to do was walk. Well, that and be done with this 6.2 mile run! I pushed through with a lot of walking and sprinting, so my time didnt’ end up too terrible!
I really wanted to do the full 6.2 miles, but my neighbors were outside and I had already run past them twice so I decided to be done at 6.07 miles. Good enough! I completed that in 59:33. The watch said I averaged 9:49 a mile! Yay! Super proud of that! That’s my longest run at that pace!
But, the weird thing is I started my RunKeeper app (on my phone) at the same time and it kept telling me I was 0.2 miles slower than the watch. I knew that damn thing wasnt’ accurate! I guess the good thing is I was always running further than I thought for my half training!