Today I ran 10.32 miles. This is my furthest distance to date. If you look at my Nike+ account though it will only say that I ran 10.06 and this is why…..
I started out my run feeling great. I knew before I started that I wanted to try and break 10 miles. But as I have talked about before, I always try to not put too much pressure on how far I want to run. My farthest before today was 8.28. I thought I would be running outside but the weather was a touch on the cool side and it has been pretty windy here today. Wind is one element that I DO NOT like to run in. So needless to say, I pussed out and ran on the treadmill.
My Nike+, like mostly every Nike+ out there, seems to be messed up in counting my pace. I’ve noticed it before and thought it might have just been a fluke or a possible interference with say my phone or something. As I was running, about 20 minutes in I decided to pick up the pace some. I increased the speed on my treadmill and looked down on my ipod only to notice that my pace just went from being 10’23 to 12’31….um WHAT?!?!
I decided at the 3.50 mile marker to re-calibrate it. Here it was it was reading at that point:
Just to note, I did not stop or pause at all to recalibrate the Nike+. I ran through the whole thing and then set my calibration distance for .25 miles. I ran .26 before I realized it was done. Unfortunately, and stupidly, the Nike+ doesn’t recognize or track the workout you are doing while it is calibrating. I think that sucks personally. But I guess for $30, you cant expect perfection. :/
After it was done I continued to keep running. I set up the ipod to start a new workout. I’m not sure if I could have paused the first workout, recalibrated and then went back to the original?? I figured it was better to just end workout 1 and start workout 2 so I didn't lose any data.
To note, I only stopped once and that was to use the bathroom quickly. So other than that I ran the entire time straight, even while I sent 2 tweets saying how far I had gotten LOL. I don't advise texting and running at the same time. Its an idiotic thing to do, plus you kind of look like a douchebag. But my treadmill is in my bedroom so nobody can see my “douche-ness”. ;)
Here is how the rest of my run looked after the .26 mile calibration:
My pace was once again not being properly accounted for. Most of the time I was running around a 10:25ish pace. So not only did I run my farthest, but I was also running my fastest. Or at least it sure felt that way. I had a little bit of pain in my left knee but I ran through it. Overall I was really surprised at how awesome I felt. I was tired by the end of it but my aches and pains were not too severe. If I had had an energy gel I probably wouldn’t have been so whooped.
My mind wasn’t in such a battle either which was quite a big surprise to me. If you can recall from my other running related blog posts, I always talk about how my mind is what stops me before my body does probably 90%. But I did a lot of day dreaming and visualizing today and my mind seemed to like the therapy session.
At Target last night I bought this great duo-dry shirt from Champions for $12. Before I gross it up with my sweat & what not from running, I decided to wear it today. It says “Motivate / Dominate”. I was looking at it a lot as I was running and the words really stuck with me.
I was supposed to start some strength training today and get working on doing my arm exercises, but I decided to hold off until tomorrow. The 10.32 miles are starting to catch up to me now and I am going to be looking to ice my knees here very shortly.
Needless to say, I felt like a rockstar!! And it just re-affirmed my thoughts that I *can* run this 1/2 marathon in September.
Now it’s time to get back to the Yankees and my Bud Select 55. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!! XOXO