Monday, July 18, 2011
First time doing 9 miles!!!!
Has that ever happened to you?
So I pushed myself until I saw 9.03 miles on my Garmin and stopped, but knowing full well I did 9.53. Regardless, it's the longest distance I've done so far, and I still felt badass at the end, but not without suffering.
My knees started to ache at Mile 3 and I walked and took water breaks at 4, 6, 7, and 8. I wanted to be able to walk the next day and I'm glad I took those breaks because my knees felt better at the end. I slowed down too and really just focused on finishing the distance.
What do you do about sore knees? Does it ever go away with increasing distance?
After completing 9 miles, it occurred to me that my next run could be a 10-miler and after that, I am technically ready and trained for a half marathon!! WOW. I never thought I'd get this far! With Ragnar in late September, I still have time, so I'm going to work my way up as gradually and as safely as I can and hope my knees get used to the mileage.
Anyone else training for a race distance you haven't done yet? How's the training going?