First things first– I got my 9 miler in this weekend. Yay! Thanks for all your words of encouragement.
I was a bit nervous about the run, but I did a few things that I think helped get me out of the funk:
- I set out to run for time, not distance. I didn’t even look at the map before I left. I just put on my watch and said I wasn’t stopping for two hours.
- I ran a different route including parts of the half-marathon race route that I’d never run before.
- I switched directions. (I usually run in a counter-clockwise loop from my house. This time I went clockwise)
- I made a new “long run” playlist for my iPod.
- I slowed down… WAY down. Someone commented that I should just jog or shuffle when I get tired. My run = jog and my jog = shuffle. I was slow, but I knew I could get the miles in.
- I ran in the morning, which I usually prefer, but haven’t been able to do lately.
It was one of the best runs I’ve ever had. The weather was perfect (for me)– a little cool at the beginning, overcast and breezy, but not windy. The first hour literally flew by– I was running through unfamiliar territory and just soaking in my surroundings. I was smiling as other runners passed by, completely taking in the experience.
At about mile 7, I was certain that I could run 10. I was even composing the “double-digit” status update in my head. At about Mile 8, I was back in my neighborhood and I knew how much further I’d have to run. This kinda set me back, but I wasn’t stopping until I was I was 100% certain I’d run 9 miles.
I ran for almost 2 hours and then stopped about a mile from home to cool down. When I stopped to check my RunKeeper app for my phone I was muy disappointed– it didn’t work :( I have no data from the run and I ran through some “unchartable” areas, so I don’t have completely accurate data on my run. My best guess is 9.1 miles (which I think is conservative) in 1:51. I missed my goal of running for 2 hours, but I made my mileage for the week and I feel great about it.
I also passed a rabbit statue in the park and a dead bunny on the side of the road, which I thought was uber-appropriate for an Easter run!