Saturday, March 21, 2009

Double Digits Baby!

After barely missing my first double digit (10 mile) run last weekend, I was motivated to get it in this weekend.  And I am happy to say that I did!   I did this run as part of the Hooray Spring Six Miler, even though I went ten.

I'll call this run my Tri-City Run since technically I ran into three different cities.   My son had a soccer game in neighboring Valley Center this morning (they won 5-1), so I started the run right after the game, ran into Wichita, then over to Park City.   I knew it was going to be right around a 10 min/mile pace and would at least be 10 miles (didn't want to short myself again).   As it turns out, it was 10.81 miles, in 1:47:10, a pace of 9:54, right about where I thought I'd be.  

With my first half marathon coming up in about a month, getting some double digit runs in will really boost my confidence I think.   I will say that the last 2-3 miles of this run, the bottoms of my feet and toes were killing me.  Everything else--legs, breathing, mental, etc--was great, except for my feet.   Not sure if it's the inserts I'm using or the shoes I'm testing for New Balance, or maybe I just haven't conditioned my feet to take that kind of pounding yet.  They were really sore by the end of the run.   I immediately plopped myself down into an ice bath:


Brrrrr...............

Looking forward to going to a concert tonight with my dad and brothers, just a guys night out.  We're going to see a guitarist named Tommy Emmanuel.  I've never seen him but I've heard he is amazing.   

Happy Spring everyone!

21 comments:

ShirleyPerly said...

Good job making double digits!!

I hope you can figure out what caused your feet/toes to hurt, though. Maybe try running in a different pair of shoes or w/o the inserts? I'm very picky about my shoes, esp. on my longer runs. I won't risk running in a pair of shoes that will hurt me, even if they're free.

Rookie on the Run said...

Congrats on running your double digits!

Brrrr... just looking at that picture makes me cold! Bet your boys loved seeing you do that!

Billy Burger said...

Congrats on the distance PR.

Not going to speculate on the foot issue, but I hope it resolves itself with some minor tweaking.

Hi! I'm Erin said...

Yay for double digits! We're twins today in that we both did our first double digits runs! I also ran through at least three towns.

My feet were burning toward the end, too. And I can tell my glutes are going to be sore tomorrow. I didn't do the ice bath, though, so I bet you recover faster than me.

joyRuN said...

Great job with the double digits!!

Ice bath hurts so good, don't it?

RunningLaur said...

Great run, and right on pace! That's fantastic!

I found that doing a 12 mile run as training before my half was super helpful, because then the race is only a mile further, and a mile, well a mile's nothing!

Lisa said...

Great job on hitting double digits. It is such a great feeling!

When I did my first 20 mile run last year when training for the marathon, the bottoms of my feet felt that way. That was the only run when it was my feet that bothered me. When the marathon rolled around, they felt fine. I finished with no blisters, no lost toenails etc. I think sometimes they just need to get used to hitting the pavement for that long.

So how was the ice bath? I think I need to bite the bullet and try that. SHIVER...

Melanie said...

Congrats on your milestone! That's awesome! I have yet to try an ice bath... looks cold!

Shannon said...

Awesome Job!

My husband did the ice bath, and looked just like you.

TiredMamaRunning said...

Excellent ice bath photo! And congrats on the double digit run. It's one of those milestones that once you're past it....adding a mile here and there and just building up becomes very realistic and not some freaky, intimidating challenge.

I Run for Fun said...

That was a super run. Hope your feet feel better. Nice pic of you shivering in your ice bath!

SuperDave said...

ahahaha! I love the ice pic!
That's exactly what I did after my 13 miler last week. It's so good for recovery, but damn if it doesn't suck while you are in it.
Good pace for a 10 miler.

aron said...

wooo congrats on the double digits!!!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Great job with the run! Ice baths are the best!

I'm guessing that if it is the bottoms of your feet that are hurting, it's just because you are not yet used to that many miles at a time. My feet felt like that at the end of my 38-miler last year, but by the next day they were fine.

IzzyBubbles said...

Nice work! The first double-digit run is a big deal!!

I HATE ice baths, but I have to say that sometimes they're worth it! Congrats on the big 1-0 run. :)

The Happy Runner said...

Nice job on the runs AND the ice bath. Chilly!

RunWithMe said...

Congrats on the double digits!! That bath looks incredibly freezing. Did it help?

RunWithMe said...

Congrats on the double digits!! That bath looks incredibly freezing. Did it help?

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

good job on your run.

eek that ice bath looks cold.

Laurel said...

Congrats on your first double digit run! That's awesome! Cute pic in the ice bath. Aren't those fun? LOL!

Nobel4Lit said...

Wow, that ice bath looks intense