I needed to run today. I needed to get miles in because I have been busy and I have not been making time to run.
Last night, I set my alarm for 4:45am. It reminded me of the summer months when I got up before the sun to run. Hoping that those memories would make me warm, I was excited to go to bed. Of course, I woke up before the alarm and got dressed.
TriGuy met me at 5am. He sent me a text at 4:41 and wanted me to remind him why we were awake about about to go outside at this "unholy hour". I laughed and basically texted back to suck it up.
It actually was warmer than I thought. I pulled down the nose and mouth guard around the first mile and the gloves were off by mile 3. Do you see the light on my right arm? Bob dropped off my "present" last night while he was running. I like it because I can wear it on my sleeve, ankle, hat, or even belt. It was perfect for this morning.
And like all of the long runs with TriGuy, it was fast. Fast for me, but "slow" for him. He is helping me to get faster, but I cannot talk while we run. At one point we were running up a hill and I was talking and I was completely out of breath. TriGuy laughed. I mean, he looks like he isn't even working hard.
We were forced to run mostly in the middle of the road because either the sidewalk was ice or not cleared off from the snow we had. And since it was only after 5am, we had only a few cars - and only one jerk who did not move over.
Here are our splits:
Mile 1: 8:52
Mile 2: 8:58
Mile 3: 8:59
Mile 4: 9:05
Mile 5: 9:10
Mile 6: 9:06
Mile 7: 9:29
Mile 8: 9:05
Mile 9: 9:06
Mile 10: 9:21
Mile 11: 9:15
Mile 12: 8:48
Total time: 1:49:23
I am VERY pleased with the total time and miles. TriGuy could have run them much faster, but I am trying to get him to slow down for his long runs to build his endurance. I think it is painful for him to run slow, but he is a good sport. I am not sure how many more long runs he will be running with me. Of course, I would love to take him beyond 15 miles... maybe even get him to run a marathon. I mean, that would be perfect training for an IM, right?
And we were back home before 7am... VERY SWEET! How was your long run today?