Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Did It! With Pics...

Yay!  I did my 8 miler on Saturday!  I actually ended up with a total of 8.73 miles.  Can you say...PUMPED!
Average pace for this run was 14:13/mi.
My splits:
1 - 15:07
2 - 14:11
3 - 15:31
4 - 13:50
5 - 13:37
6 - 13:26
7 - 13:32
8 - 13:51
Nubbin - 11:08

I see a pattern here.  It takes me a while to get in a groove...During the first three miles I stopped a few times to take a couple of pictures.  The ones I was really hoping would turn out...didn't.  When I started my run it was overcast (stayed that way too), and since it had misted everything was damp.  I saw a lot of spiderwebs in the trees that had the water beaded up on them.  Really pretty!  I wish I had had my good camera with me, but that would have been hard to carry.  The few pictures I got with my phone don't show the detail.  The webs fade into the background.  FAIL!

But all is not lost.  I did get a few other pictures for your enjoyment.

Start/stop point:

A little hidey hole off the side of the trail:

Part of the trail:

Buffalo Bayou - the trail wanders alongside or crosses over at many points:

The trail I ran on Saturday is another section of the one I ran on the 7th.  I like this one better because it's not as straight, and it has more variety.  But both sections are good, and I will run there again.

Saturday is a 4 miler.  The hubs has said he'll come with me again and do the full distance with me.  He did come with me on the 8 miler, but he did 3 and then went home.  He hasn't run in a while, so he made the right decision.  I LOVE the support!

Have a great week!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I did it!

So...that run I was nervous about?  The 8 miler?

I did it!  Actually went 8.73 miles total in 2 hours, 4 minutes.

More details to follow in a later blog

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Am I really in week 7?

Is this really week 7 already?  Wow!  Time sure flies.

Last week was just about a total bust.  I only ran once, on Tuesday, and then I got hit with an allergy attack.  I just felt off the rest of the week; off enough that I didn't do much of anything!  I didn't run again until Monday this week.

My run on Monday, by the way, really sucked!  My legs hurt, my feet hurt, my left hip hurt.  I ran about the same distance and speed as normal, but it was really uncomfortable.  In comparison, today's run ROCKED!  I bought new shoes over the weekend and wore them tonight.  I should have worn them on Monday (that was a big contributor to the quality of that run). 

My distance run this week...gulp...is 8 miles.  I'm a little nervous about that.  I've never run that far before.  But my nervousness aside, I WILL do that run.  I'm not trying to beat any speed records, just go the distance.  I think I know what route I'm going to run.  I think I'll go back to the park I did my last long run at, and travel on the equestrian trail instead of the hike/bike trail.  I've been on that trail before, and it's a nice run.  I'll carry my phone so I'll try to get some good pictures for y'all.

Good night.  I'll let you know how my run goes on Saturday.