Monday, July 24, 2006

2 runs, 1 post

Houston Fit ran 13 miles. Due DH's work schedule, I had to meet up with everyone around mile 3, so I ran a total of 10 miles. The run felt great. I felt a little ache in my left shin and my right knee, but nothing significant. The run began at the park, then we made our way to Dunlavy, turned on Kent and ran to the turnaround point on the Rice University campus. I really enjoy running through this area in the wee hours of the morning. The homes are beautiful and there are plenty of trees and shade. My group was the last to finish, but I was happy that I felt really strong during the entire run...even at the finish!

I will admit that I do not like to finish last. In the regular Houston Fit group (the one that trains for the Houston Marathon), there are hundreds of runners, which results in a lot more variety in the paces. Usually, I am in the "medium reds"...meaning, we're not the slowest of the slow runners but not the fastest of the slow runners either. In other words, there is always someone in front of us and always someone behind. But, the fall marathon training group is a bit smaller and it seems that there are quite a few fast reds, as well as yellows and greens. Oh well! I figure since I am nursing so many little aches and pains, it's probably better for me to watch my pace more carefully. My goal is to PR in Chicago, but I can't achieve my goal if I'm injured and can't run Chicago!

I'm also a little concerned, because this is the 3rd time the group has run 12-13 miles, but I have still not been able to run more than 10 miles. I could have added a loop around the park at the end of my run, but the morning was already getting warm and I was just ready to get home. I am going to have to be a bit more disciplined when the mileage gets longer and make myself run the extra loops...otherwise, the marathon distance will be hard to finish.

Run Stats
Conditions - 79 w/humidity
Total run time - 2:00
Distance ~ 10 miles
Pace - 12 min/mile

Sunday was my off day, so I took it easy and enjoyed time with the kiddo and hubby! Monday morning I made it out the park at 6:00 am, stretched and ran a loop doing 5/1s. The right knee felt great until after the run, then it began to ache and I was wishing I had an ice pack. Other than that, it was a great run!

Run Stats
Conditions - 80 w/78% humidity
Total run time - 33:03
Distance - 2.9
Pace - 11:23

Run long & livestrong!

1 comment:

Vic said...

Nice couple of runs. Missed you Monday morning. I got there about the time you were finishing. :)