On the road again: 6 miles

Best. sign. ever.

You know someone is a good friend—and serious about running—when she agrees to arrive at your house at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning so you can go to a park not exactly near your house to run 6 miles. (And if you got tired reading that long, convoluted sentence, I apologize.)

But anyway, that’s what happened this past Saturday. My friend Alisha and I are training for the Country Music Half Marathon on April 28 and this weekend was our 6 mile long run. And because of some responsibilities I had for a conference at work, I needed to be showered and ready to be seen by the world AND downtown by 10 a.m. Meaning our six miles had to happen early.

So Alisha and I set out for the Crockett Park trails around 6:30 a.m. Which may have turned out to be a good thing, since as Alisha said, our bodies weren’t all that awake and aware of what we were doing until we were well into the run. The first mile wasn’t much fun. It was cold and we didn’t really want to be running. We ran/walked about 8 min/2 minute intervals, but started with a three minute walk and threw a couple more three minute walking breaks in as we covered the distance. We definitely didn’t break any personal records on this run, but it is interesting that our paces improved the longer we ran. I mean, we actually ran miles 5 and 6 faster than miles 1 and 2! Maybe that’s because we were warmed up and just wanted to finish? Or maybe we should try a little harder in the beginning?

Either way, we covered the distance, didn’t die, and got to see several deer munching in the woods and hanging out by the trail as we ran. Here’s Week 3’s run, by the numbers:

Distance: 6 miles
Location: Crockett Park Trails
Time: 1:17:42
Average pace: 12’39″
If you want to see it on GPS, go here: http://nikerunning.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikeplus/en_US/plus/#//runs/gps/1625581486/2033415065/

As I train for the half marathon, you’ll see more posts like this. I’m planning to document each long run, so you’ll get to come alongside me for every mile, every irrational I-hate-running-and-why-did-I-sign-up-for-this moment, and every completely random adventure that happens along the way.

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