So, I intended to run 12 today but I figured that once I got there, whats 1.1 more, right?
I was going to get up early (yeah right) and try to run as close to the time I would when I am in VA Beach but that didnt happen. I rolled out the door at 9:15 after having 2 cups of coffee, half a banana and a small bagel square with peanut butter.
I again did not carry water with me which meant that I had to return to my water stop (aka home) every 3 miles or so. But I was pleased that I was able to do this even though it was hotter than hell and certainly more humid.
So, I did about 3 with a run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes interval, and then stopped at home for some fluids. Then back out minutes later for a run 7, walk 3 interval to about 6.5 and then home for fluids and some energy chew thingies. Then I stopped on the corner to chat with Megan for a minute or so then on to my third segment. Run 8, walk 3 to mile 9.35 and then home for some PowerAde. At this point, I knew that I could do the whole thing. I had it in my mind from the beginning so I was fairly confident that I was pacing myself accordingly.
I went back out but my legs and feet were protesting and I had to drop back to the run 5, walk 3 interval. I thought my lungs were going to explode and my feet were going to fall off around mile 11. I think that I need to refuel with some GU or something around mile 10 if I expect to finish with a decent time.
Each time I stopped, I paused my Nike+ and HRM to try to get an accurate reading of my run time. I know this is kind of cheating but I felt that I would certainly not be lingering for 3-4 minutes at any water stops during the race (well, hopefully not anyway) so it was more or less fair.
I finished in 2 hours 29 minutes and 11 secs. My average pace was 11 min 13 secs which is pretty good for me.
I was so offensive when I got home but I had to lay on the floor for about 10 minutes and of course, upload my run to Nike.com :) before I was able to go shower the stank off.
Ask me if I EVER thought I would run this far. Go ahead - ask me.
NO. No I never ever in a million bazillion years thought that I would complete this distance.
I MAY try to do it again next weekend with a few easy runs during the week with my water belt on and not stopping the way I did today and see how that goes. I might not. I will see how I feel about it.
Now I know I CAN do it. Even in the heat and humidity and with only 3 water stops (there are like 7 at the race). I hope to recreate something close to today's time and I think with the excitement and overall format of the race, I will be faster and running on more adrenaline so I SHOULD be able to do it in under 2 1/2 hours which would make me way happy.
I am dressed like I am going somewhere but I am not positive that my legs will cooperate so I think I will go plop on the couch for a while and see what the rest of the afternoon brings.