Bad news: my sparkling white shoes finally got dirty :( It was going to happen eventually.
It was in the 48-50F range, sunny, and not windy for the first time in a long time!
Here were my splits.
And the elevation-
The first 1.65 was with my husband. We ran up the hill at an unusually fast pace considering we hadn't warmed up. We walked briefly just after mile 1.0. Splits 3-5 were slower... I stopped a couple times to check out my surroundings. Too bad I didn't have my camera...
I saw a red-tailed hawk.
I found 11 deer standing in tall grass, perfectly still, staring at me.
I found 4 wild turkeys.
I found 1 blue bird.
And more mud than I had hoped to find (see first picture of this post). I tried to dodge muddy spots and goose poop throughout miles 3 and 4.
Once I left the park, around mile 4.6 through 4.8 (:55 minutes) I took an Espresso Love gu. Whether the effects are real or just in my head...I ran my next several miles faster (but comfortably faster - my heart rate did not increase with the increase in pace). I slowed down around mile 9 (1:43), and probably should have taken something around that point.
I had a Shot Blok at about 9.4 and 10.0 (1:48, 1:55). Because that's all I brought with me. Again, my pace improved for splits 11-14 above. My plan had been to do around 12 miles, and with that distance in mind, I didn't think it would be worth taking a second gu for the last 2-3 miles. If I had known I would end up doing 13 miles, I might have brought a second gu.
Also observed on my run, while somewhere in suburbia, was a tanning bed, out at the road, with a For Sale sign. Not something you see every day!
After my run I had some of this:
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before, but I'm obsessed with peanut butter filled pretzels. And I made one of my Starbucks VIA packets with mostly skim milk (instead of 16 oz water it calls for).
Lastly, a picture of my pup tonight. You'd think SHE ran 13 miles today (she didn't).
PS, Be sure to congratulate Alyssa on her amazing marathon performance today!