Crofton 8-Miler

by - Friday, October 31, 2008

I think the town of Crofton, Md. was designed by a runner. I'm 100% serious. There are sidewalks everywhere including on all the busy roads. There are tons of neighbors with lots of shady areas that make for fabulous mileage.

The Crofton Parkway is a giant loops that is almost exactly a 5K. I mean seriously, who designs stuff like that if they aren't a runner themselves or a very runner friendly person.

Well anyway, I'm down in Maryland today because I have a vacation day (whoo!!) that I used because this afternoon a bunch of us are driving to Charlottesville, Va. for a soccer game. So I decided that I would use the morning for a nice, easy long run.

I planned out an 8.33 mile course. (Why can I never find a course that ends on an even mile or half mile lol) and hit the road around 8:30ish. It was still a bit chilly, but in a good way. I was pretty comfortable in my Under Armour tights and a long sleeve tech shirt with my ear warmer on.

I was cruising along the first three miles feeling really great and absolutely loving running in Crofton. Everyone else out is so freakin' nice. I think every single person I passed waved and said, "Hi." People with dogs were so nice about pulling the leashes close and stepping out of the way so I could get by. A super nice crossing guard helped me across the busiest road with a bunch of school kids.

Right around mile 3 my iPod died because it was cold. Does anyone else have that problem? iPods dying in the cold? (Like not dead, dead it's fine now, but it just turns off and won't turn back on outside.)

Well right about that time I passed a mom and her son going to a Halloween party at what looked to be a kindergarten. The little boy was dressed up as a PowerRanger I think. And I ran past him and he started running right along side of me. So I chatted with him for a little while, told him I liked his costume and that he was super fast. He was such a cutie. (I also told him not to get too far ahead of his mom, I didn't want her to panic.)

They veered off to go to their party and I headed on my way on the Parkway, which is an awesome place to run. There's plenty of sidewalk room and its not too hilly. There were a couple big ones in the middle, but nothing too bad.

Miles four and five I was still feeling good. Around mile six, I was exiting the Parkway and I could definitely feel my legs were getting tired. I also noticed a twinge in my knee. It was nothing serious. Just annoying.

I pushed through mile seven and was really really tired by mile eight. It sucked not having my iPod here. The music helps me zone out and not focus so much on how tired I am. I had one line from the last song I listened to stuck in my head so I was like singing it over and over again haha. Not out loud though.

I finished 8.33 in 1:27.43. I think that's about a 10:30 mile. I was hoping to average 10 minute miles, but I'm still not disappointed in the run. It felt great except for my knee acting up at the end. I think I'm going to tape my knee from now on runs over 6 miles. That's when I seem to notice it start to act up. I also think I would have been able to push the speed a little bit more had I eaten more before I went out. I only ate half a PBJ because I just was not hungry enough to eat a whole one. I kind of wish I had though. Oh well, I know for next time.

Anyway, I'm off to go get ready for this soccer game. It's Halloween so we're all dressing up. I'm going as...a soccer player...creative, I know right haha!

Hope you all have a great Halloween weekend!

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12 comments

  1. That's a great run, Jess. Glad you're having fun. and there's nothing wrong with a 10:30 pace when you're over 6 miles. i should be so lucky.

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  2. Wow, sounds like a great run! Kudos to towns with great sidewalk systems!

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  3. great job on the run! have a great and fun weekend :)

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  4. I don't have any issue with the iPod dying int he cold, but in the rain, yes.

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  5. What a nice run! How nice to run where everyone was so friendly. It must've been really cold to temporarily kill your ipod! Weird!

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  6. Sounds like a great run!

    Do you have an older iPod? I still have the first iPod mini (yep, I'm old school like that) and it loses battery REALLY quickly when I'm in the cold.

    Actually, I think it's now completely dead but that's more because it's 4 years old and should be retired...

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  7. I know exactly where you mean, that's a great spot for running! Great job, you have worked really hard and are finally getting the rewards!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    PS - Your prize went out today via UPS, you should have it on Tuesday!

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  8. that's a great pace, nice job! :)

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  9. Sounds like a great place for a great run. :-)

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  10. I'm going to have to find a map of this place. Drive there, and run it LOL

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  11. I've sung out loud to myself before. Great job on the run.

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  12. Very strong 8 miler Jess. You did great!

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