~ Crazy Eights ~
Crazy 8’s? I ate? What’s with that 8? No no no. I ran 8 miles yesterday. Yep, a LSD run and I loved every single second of it.
Now that I am pretty much back to running, I need to ramp up my mileage a bit. I am running a half marathon in less than a month. Even though I am going to treat that half marathon as a long training run, I still need to know in my own head that I can cover that distance with my own two feet.
I haven’t been running high mileage at all but I wanted to. 8 miles seemed just right. I also knew I couldn’t run 9.30 min/miles for an LSD so I had to really pace myself. Really pace myself. In other words, not run fast like I try to on my shorter runs. And yes, to me 9.30 min/miles are fast.
So, I left my house with only the clothes on my back and my iPod. I decided to stay close to home for this run, so I went up to the boardwalk. I ran the 1st half of the run up on the boards and felt good.
4 Miles 40.52
Splits: 10.20, 10.06, 10.13, 10.13
I took to the streets for the 2nd half. I like doing it that way. Even though the boardwalk is awesome, I also like to run in the streets because it gives me some more distractions and less time to think. I slowed down considerably. I also took my 1st walk break at 5.25 miles. Just 1 minute of walking. I knew if I didn’t say in my head, 1 minute ~ the walk break may have been too long. That 1 minute walk break helped a great deal. Mentally, as well as physically! I took my 2nd and last walk break when I hit 7 miles. .30 seconds. Other than those two walk breaks, I ran the rest of the way.
Running any distance is such a mental game for me. Obviously, I CAN! Slow or not I get the job done. Ideally, a running buddy during these longer runs would help, but since that cannot always happen, I have to make it happen on my own. Surprisingly, this 8 miler wasn’t as bad as my mind made it out to be. It was enjoyable, hard, a little overwhelming and oh so satisfying when I was done.
4 Miles 43.15
Splits: 10.33, 11.11, 10.55, 10.38
It’s funny because when I completed the 8 miler, I thought to myself “Wow, just another 5.1 miles and you’ve got yourself a half marathon”. Mentally, that gave me a boost. My confidence level is up now.
I have lots going on in the weeks to come. Most importantly, a 5k race tomorrow and a 10 mile long run next weekend.
There are two things I would have done differently. I would start out slower so I can finish stronger AND, I would take some form of hydration with me. Or take some money for a gatorade. Big mistake there. Besides those two mistakes, as far as I am concerned, this run was a success.
8 Miles 1.24.11 10.31 min/mile
I do my best thinking when I’m running. I don’t know why that is – everything seems to flow so easily. It’s almost a spiritual thing for me.
Apolo Ohno, Olympic Speed Skater