My new longest distance

This past weekend was the longest run of my training program before the Half Marathon…12 miles! With just 11 days left before the race I think I’m as ready as I’ll ever be ๐Ÿ™‚

For the 12 mile run we decided to drive a few miles to the next town where we could take a route with fewer hills; I think that helped quite a bit! Since the route we chose was only 6 miles out & back we had to run it twice…that added a new layer of difficulty.

The weather was perfect for our run, upper 50’s with sunshine. We started out around 8am and pretty quickly there was separation because we each have a different pace – I was bringing up the rear ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I set the c25k app for run/walk intervals of 10min/2min as this is the interval I want to run in the HM. The first few miles went by pretty fast and when I reached the halfway mark I realized the route we chose was not exactly 3 miles up and 3 miles back, in fact it was about a .7 miles short which meant I would cover less than 11 miles instead of the 12 miles planned. I started thinking how I would add in that extra mileage. By ย mile 10 I was feeling like I wanted to stop but I pressed on, when I passed our starting point @ 10.5 I saw the other ladies were already finished and I toyed with the idea of stopping but my OCD kicked in and wouldn’t let me.

I kept going until I hit 11.5 and then headed back to where the ladies were waiting. Yay! I was so excited that I finished the 12 miles but I was beat…when I reached the ladies they had already recovered from their run since I was about 20 minutes behind them. It was then I found out that they had in fact stopped at 10.5 miles – what? They were congratulating me for finishing but I couldn’t get over the fact that they had stopped short of our goal…if they had told me that when I passed them I would’ve stopped too. Ultimately I’m glad they didn’t, it’s nice to know that I can cover that distance which makes 13.1 feel quite attainable.

Our starting point just happened to be the parking lot of a Dunkin Donuts, I’m sure you can guess what we did after I recovered…yep, a big ol glazed donut and a vanilla chai coffee…YUM!


10.4.14 pace

4 thoughts on “My new longest distance

  1. I have a love/hate relationship with that running OCD too, but it’s a great feeling when it pushes you on to do that extra mile…or mile and a half! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sounds like you’ve earned your donuts too with all that training, and I can’t wait to hear all about the half-marathon when it comes.
    Best of luck! ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Hey Kirsten, nice to see you’re running again! I’m starting to get really excited about the HM, the nice part is the course is pretty flat so I won’t run into any dreaded hills! I’ve already started packing in my mind and making a list so I don’t forget anything, lol.


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