I smell sub-two!

I’m honestly not being cocky, but this weekend’s long run made me think that if I continue to train like I’m doing at the moment, I should go sub-two at Healdsburg in October! I am ridiculously excited about the prospect!

I ended up doing this weekend’s long run on Saturday afternoon. The Dude had one of his now-rare naps, the Husband also fell asleep and due to other commitments this weekend, I realized it was now or never. So I carpéd the diem, filled my water bottle, stuck some GUs in my pocket and hit the road.

From the first mile, I knew it would be a tough one. It was warm – in the 70s which isn’t hot, I know, but is hot for me! I also have yet to conquer fueling for afternoon runs – how much to eat and drink, and when. My plan was to run 12 miles, alternating ‘normal speed’ miles with faster ones which are at least 9:07 (sub-two pace). That worked well for me last week.

My original plan was to do a loop but I quickly decided to do an out-and-back. I had quite a headwind for most of the first six miles and frankly I wanted a nice tailwind for the last six. Headwinds drain the legs almost as much as hills, I’ve decided! At the turnaround, I was immediately struck by how quiet it was without the wind rushing in my ears – my music seemed too loud. And running was a little easier with a tailwind although I was hardly flying as I’d expected  hoped. Actually by mile six I was finding the whole run hard…it was hot and I was struggling. Home felt a long way away. But out-and-backs are psychologically easier…home was closer with every step. So I took a Gu (more on that later) and kept running, trying to speed up on my fast miles.

By mile 12 I felt like I was crawling as I tried to push a little harder. Nike Plus had told me that my current overall speed was 8:something and I badly wanted  a long run at a sub-nine-minute pace as I’ve NEVER done that. I stopped running literally the moment the lady told me I’d done twelve miles. I stopped, breathed and stood for a while. But I’d done it. Twelve miles in 1.47.45 – a pace of 8:57. If I can squeeze in one more mile and a point one at that pace, I’ll be safely sub two. I was SO happy and so triumphant. And SO knackered. I was shattered!!

9:03 9’03″/mi
17:34 8’30″/mi
26:28 8’54″/mi
35:18 8’49″/mi
44:05 8’47″/mi
52:53 8’48″/mi
1:01:41 8’48″/mi
1:10:28 8’46″/mi
1:19:35 9’06″/mi
1:28:39 9’04″/mi
1:38:00 9’20″/mi
1:47:23 9’22″/mi

Anyway. Other exciting things this weekend.


* Our friends Jeff and Kathryn had us over for brunch on Saturday and made amazing lemon ricotta pancakes. I’m going to try and get the recipe!!

* I tried Tri Berry Nuun this weekend and it was nice, the first flavour I’ve really liked. So I was VERY excited to win a tube on one of my favourite running blogs, Yo Momma Runs, this weekend!!! Thanks Yo Momma, you made my day.

* I spent too much time this weekend following the Twitter feeds of the girls running Hood to Coast for Nuun. It looks amazing. I WANT TO DO THIS NEXT YEAR! I’m going to apply for Nuun but they probably won’t want a small, slow British girl on a team full of leggy, fast Yanks. So does anyone fancy running it next year with me? I’ll be the token slow girl.

* I’m also drafting my application to be a San Francisco Marathon ambassador. Always worth applying! They can only say no. Or yes.  I’m excited about this.

2013…pick me, pick me!

Hope you had a good weekend! Did you win anything?  What did you do?

10 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m gonna apply next year too!!! Do you think they will still take me after I said their product made me gag at first try. 🙂 Have you tried chocolate outrage gu? I recently decided that it’s the only one worth buying ever again. But only if you like chocolate pudding.

    1. Oh, and you’re totally going sub-2!

  2. Cathryn says:

    I’m holding back from mentioning the gagging part, learning from your mistakes! Maybe re-write that entry in a month’s time!! And I’m def not making it public that Tri Berry is the only flavour I like!! Happy to sell my soul to do HTC 🙂

    And yes, the chocolate gu is the best one…i could actually eat it as a snack. I bought a big box. Like chocolate brownie mix!!!! Thanks for the sub-two confidence. I’m starting to think it’s going to happen. I wish the race was sooner than mid October!

  3. Jen says:

    Awesome run!! You’ve definitely got the sub-2. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you stay healthy between now and then.

    I like banana strawberry Gu the best, but lately I’ve been chomping on clif bloks. They’re great!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks for the confidence – yes I think staying healthy will be the big thing now. Suddenly mid October feels like a long way away!! Interesting about the clif bloke…I’m finding Gu harder to take recently (and vanilla was hideous) so I may try the clif bloks instead. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Dana says:

    Pardon the dumb blond question, but what is a sub-two?

  5. Cathryn says:

    Ha….I want to run my next half marathon under two hours..ie sub two! That little phrase has taken on a life of its own!!! 🙂

    1. Dana says:

      Ah, OK thanks!

  6. Angela says:

    Nicely done!! You can absolutely do it. You still have six weeks to train, even!

    Love the Bay Trail!

    1. Cathryn says:

      I wish it was a bit sooner…I’m waaay too excited already 🙂

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