My training for the Virginia Beach Rock ‘N’ Roll 1/2 Marathon has been less than stellar this summer. I have only been running 2-3 days per week and my longest run until today was 5 miles. I am not looking to PR during this race because it is actually on the last day of my vacation that may or may not happen now thanks to Hurricane Irene. I am however looking to be able to finish the race and that is why I needed to run 9 miles today before Hurricane Irene wreaks her havoc on us later tonight.
I completed 9 miles in my minimalist shoes because my orthotics are still giving me blisters and pain. I only ended up with one small blister under my right big toe and an odd bruise on top of my right foot under my pinky toe otherwise I am injury free. My goal for today was to complete the 9 miles with an average pace of 10 minutes a mile and I was successful. I did take a few walking breaks because the humidity made my legs feel like lead and the breaks did not have any real impact on my overall speed.
I managed to get out of the house at about 8:15 all geared up with my Garmin, Gu, cell phone, money and Camelback. I just have to say I hate my Camelback, I like that I can carry a lot of water but I find it heavy and annoying while I am running. I need to investigate other ways to carry water during my long runs, any suggestions?
I did an out and back route which I love because it leaves me with no way to take a short cut home so I am stuck running the whole way even if I want to quit. I did tell my husband to stay near the phone in case I couldn’t finish the 9 miles and needed a ride home. I thought about calling him quite a few times but I figured he would just make fun of me so that helped motivate me to complete the entire 9 miles.
A perfect 9 miles from my house and back. I now feel confident I will be able to complete my 1/2 marathon next Sunday, unless of course our trip get cancelled because of Irene. Plans are to leave on Monday morning as long as the hotel is still standing and has power, I guess we will find out tomorrow after Irene is done with Virginia Beach, I am keeping my fingers crossed.
To all my East Coast friends stay safe and I hope Irene doesn’t leave you with too much damage.