Monday, July 18, 2011

First time doing 9 miles!!!!

Did 9 miles last Saturday for the first time ever!  Couldn't help but feel a little badass for surviving a distance I didn't think I could do when I started running that morning.  At Mile 2, I stopped to walk so I can drink some water and paused my Garmin.  I didn't hydrate as well as I should have and was totally feeling it at Mile 2.  Well, I must have gotten distracted because about half a mile later, I realized I forgot to un-pause the Garmin!  ACK!  I did not want to run more than I needed to that day (it was hot), but I wanted my Garmin to record the 9 miles I was about to do, regardless. 

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?


  1. Big woo hoo on distance PR! :) Thats an awesome feeling! I actually did the same thing with my garmin this wkd and had to run extra .33 mi so the number was even haha

  2. Thanks, Ashley! Yeah, don't you hate that? Forget to start it again? Thank goodness my Garmin beeps when it's about to go on save mode - that's how I found out. I probably shouldn't pause it in the first place but I felt like on a normal run, I wouldn't take any walking breaks.

    Does anyone else pause their Garmin as you a) to drink, b) while waiting for traffic, c) adjust things like your ponytail, shoelaces, etc..??

  3. Way to go!!! The first time I ran longer distances (which has only been in the last few months) looking at the Garmin saying 8,10 or 12 miles just made me smile. :) Isn't it a great feeling?! Yesterday was my first half marathon and it still feels unreal!


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