You read that right! Girlfriend who couldn’t even bang out one mile took her first 5-miler this Sunday! The morning started out with the exploration of my NEW Garmin!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the mileage thingy to work, nor the wireless heart rate monitor so I was all about the timer. Before I left, I only had coffee, as I simply can’t run on a full-stomach. My morning consisted of many errands while Husband was at baseball and I lost track of time. I ended up starting my run at about 1 pm with no food! Silly me- I need to buy some Goo for these cases. Anyway, I set up my splits before I ran (as suggested by my father in law, Jim). I wanted to do 5 miles, which is marked by the river so I didn’t need the mileage portion of my Garmin anyway. I wanted to do 5 miles and work on my pacing. For this long a distance (hadn’t really ever done before and wasn’t sure if I even COULD!) I wanted to just do 5 miles at 11 minute miles each, bringing my time to 55 minutes. I set my splits up to be 11, 22, 33, 44 and 55. Easy breezy, well, good news- I SURPASSED these splits BIG time! Yes, I was definitely feeling mile 5 (strangely mostly in my hip flexors). It was SOOO awesome down by the river because there were many crew races going on so I had some amazing scenery. The weather was unbeatable as well. SO, I completed 5 miles in 50:37! Woo hoooooo! My splits were as follows and I had to stop twice (once to use a porta-john awesome, and once beucase I ripped a hole in my foot-a blister that i thought was busting through my sock):
SO PROUD OF MYSELF. I definitely “looked the part” on my way home: