We won the National Championship in 2005 when I was a sophomore and I was there for that one and it was seriously one of my favorite memories from college. There is nothing like rushing the field and getting touch the trophy. I hope we make it back next year because it's in Cary, NC, which is definitely driveable.
Anyway, on the running front. I had a six miler at pace Friday night. It pretty much rocked. Those two rest days I took in the middle of the week were just what I needed. I finished six miles in 58 minutes and change, which is awesome for me.
My legs were tired afterward, but not too bad. I was a little nervous about Saturday's 11 miler, but I wasn't worried about speed just about getting the distance in.
I slept in for the first time in weeks and left for my run around 11 a.m. (Sleeping in is definitely one of the perks of training in the winter. It only gets warmer as it gets closer to noon, not hotter.)
I planned an out and back course and the first 5.5 miles I felt really good. I was hitting my splits between 10 and 10:30, which is definitely a faster than I wanted to be going. I tried to pull back the speed a little bit so I'd have energy to get me through the second half. I was pretty successful and was able to crank out the next few miles around 11 minutes. I took a Gu around mile 5ish, which I think helped me out, but I didn't have water with me to wash it down. It probably would have worked better if I did.
The course I ran was pretty hilly and I ran a lot of downhill from mile 4 to 5.5 that was all uphill on the way back. I was able to run really solidly through mile 9, but I hit more hills in mile 10 that forced me to walk for a little bit. I was bummed because my goal was to run the whole thing, but my legs were just having none of this hill.
So I walked for a little bit and then picked it back up to running when it flattened out a little bit and finished the course running. If I had to guess I'd say I walked no more than a half mile the whole time, maybe three quarters of a mile at the absolute most.
I finished the 11 miles in 1:58:25, which is a time I'm really happy with.
When I trained for my first marathon, I would have had a hard time finishing 1o miles in an hour and yesterday I managed to crank out 11 miles in under an hour.
Today was supposed to be a cross training day, but I took a rest day because I needed it. I did some stretching to help loosen up my calves because they're still tight although otherwise I feel perfectly fine.
Overall it was a pretty successful few days of running. I got some decent miles in.
Tonight I picked up my fleece for the race I'm running next Saturday. It's super nice and I'm so gld I paid the more expensive registration price to get it. My camera battery is dead now but I'll try to get a picture of it up at some point!
Hope you all had awesome weekends!