I only did 4.78. ... In my usual 9:30ish pace.
Day 2 - 4 miles @ Half marathon pace.
I planned on doing this on the treadmill before boot camp class but the trainer emailed me telling me that a group of people were running the stairs and wanted to know if I would like to join them. My company has a team that does the Fight for Air Race where they run up 40 flights of stairs to raise money for Lung Cancer. I had thought about doing it.... until I went and practiced with them. Running up stairs is no joke!! My first time up I made it up the 10 flights in 1:48. By the 4th floor I could no longer run and I had to quickly walk up the rest. I was so out of breath... The second round I made it in 1:40 because I tried to pace myself a little better.... still by that 4th floor I was done. The group does it daily... I will be back to do it some more as I know its a great workout... but OMG it is pure torture!
Day 3 - Off
I did 5.75 miles @ 9:46 pace on my hilly route... It was too nice out to not get out there.
Day 4 - 5 miles
Again it was super nice out, but I was not feeling a run... But I knew I would feel better (I had a breakfast of candy... it was Valentines Day) if I just did something so I got our there for 2.48 miles. The first 2 miles I ran at 8:30 pace and then walked home.
Day 5 - 8 miles @ Marathon pace
I finally took a rest day...
Day 6 - 10 miles
I was SO freaking cold when I got home!
I have to admit something though...
I ran 3 miles to meet my running group. I kept a 9:30 pace. I stopped and stood for probably 5 minutes before getting going again.
Then we ran 4.25 miles together... around a 10:30 pace because we were chatty. Another 5 minute break to chat...
Then I ran a little over 3 miles back home, taking the hilly route. (I stopped and walked once I hit the 10 mile mark)
The first hill I had to walk a bit....
But I finally made it home.
I feel like I cheated a little since I had a few breaks in there... does that count?
I definitely do not plan to take those breaks during the half!
This Saturday I hope to do it all again, and hopefully with no breaks!
Day 7 - 4 miles
I had the Fun Flirty & Fabulous 5 miler on the calendar...
I thought for sure I would be super slow with my 10 mile run the day before.
But I wasnt feeling too sore...
The weather was perfectly chilly & sunny...
And I somehow pulled off a 8:25 pace and a time of 42:03!
I am definitely competitive...
Running along others makes me just keep going!
The last mile was pretty much all up hill...
But I some how pulled off a 8:05 mile!
I was also really hungry and knew there was food at the end.
I also earned 4th place in my age group... here's proof. And I was 24th overall out of 144 or something like that.
My 10 mile run at a 10 minute pace made me think there was no way I could reach my goal of the half in 2 hours....
But that 5 miler gave me some hope...
We will just have to see what happens!
7 more weeks!