Friday, November 07, 2008


I had a great run today and am totally on a runner's high right now. I need to remember this moment, because THIS is what keeps me going through all the tough runs, the soreness, the anxiety... this is what it's all about!!

10.0 miles/1:22:29/8:15 average pace
Forest Park

I had decided just to take this run easy and not try and hit "goal pace" (which at this point is still not exactly set). The main path in Forest Park is a little uphill for the first couple miles and gains a little more elevation slowly over the next few miles, so I figured if anything I could run the second half fast. I started off pretty easy with my first mile at 9:39 on that first incline. The second mile came in at 8:41 and I was feeling really good! I figured I will just run a strong pace and see how it goes. Here's the rest of my splits:

mile 3: 8:33
mile 4: 8:41
mile 5: 8:08

(time at turn around: 43:44/8:45 ave)

mile 6: 7:55
mile 7: 8:02
mile 8: 7:42
mile 9: 7:51
mile 10: 7:12

(second half time: 38:45/7:45 ave)

I was surprised at every mile- I really never felt like I was working that hard! The last mile I was definitely running fast, and it was all downhill, but I was surprised how fast.

So this ended up being a pretty decent "goal pace" type run... 8:15 pace would be just about 3:36 marathon time, which would be a pr! Not 100% sure what my main goal is going to be for the marathon, maybe 3:35 or so. But who knows- Zach likes to think we can run 3:30. Ha!

My legs are feeling a lot better these days, I think the icing has helped. Thanks for all the words of encouragement, I know I'll be reading through them again and again as the race gets closer. :)

Here's some pics from this morning- a big smile after the run and my awesome muddy legs.


Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Fantastic run! I think that 3:30 might just be within reach for you.

Having fun in the mud I see. Very cool!

Cindy said...

mud covered legs are TOTALLY as badge of honor! I love it! i love running there too, although i have never ever run that fast--nice job!

Mir said...

Nice run and GREAT legs! ;)

I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. I think you'll get your PR!

Emily said...

That's what I'm talking about!!! You've gotten me pumpt about my run today. Thanks!d

Michele said...

great run. glad to see the mojo back

lilrunner N.D. said...

Wow - look at that pace - GREAT JOB!!! I love that high after a good run, especially long runs!

Girl on Top said...

great job and great pace! so jealous!

Ewen said...

That's great Jen.

Didn't someone comment recently:

"5. Baby my legs

Baby, your legs are awesome"

He was right. That's one of the reasons we read your blog and not his ;)

Michael said...

What a great run! Love the mud shot...makes me want to get back into trial running. Congrats on great times, too -- you're all over that 3:45!

*aron* said...

woooooooooo awesome job jen!!! way to smoke that second half!!

i had an awesome goal pace run today too :) just posted it!


Kelly H. said...

Congrats on the awesome run. You are super speedy! You'll do great in your race, I know it. Keep it up! Think about all those people you know who say "I can't even run around the block". You just ran a really speedy 10miles!

Petraruns said...

Wow! You did it! Well done - see you had that in you!

kelsalynn said...

YAY! I had a great long run too! Those are the best! Great job!

I'm so glad to hear that your legs are feeling better. What a relief!

Awesome job on your run!

melinda said...

great run! i am glad to see you are back in the game(of running)!