Today was my last hard run before my race. The plan said to run a one mile warm-up, then eight miles at race pace, and then a one mile cool-down. Since I had to maintain a certain speed I decided to complete the run on a treadmill. This was extremely hard because it was such a beautiful day out. After all the rain we had the past couple of days, a cold front moved in causing a very nice, cool, Florida Fall day. I hope it lasts a couple of days so I can take advantage of the nice running weather.
It was so cool when I woke up this morning that I decided to do my run in the afternoon. That was a huge mistake. I am not an afternoon runner, which made the run ten times harder. I started out okay with the warm-up but then when I went into race pace my mind started doubting myself. After a mile and a half I was ready to quit. I had the TV on in the gym, but once I started running the treadmill was so loud that I couldn’t hear it, so there was nothing to distract me from the hard run. I made it four miles and then I had to stop to take a break and hydrate.
I started back up to race pace, but this time I only lasted a mile. My side started hurting and I was only halfway done! I took a brief break to use the restroom and drink some more water. I planned on running the rest without stopping, but after two more miles I saw that I got a text, so I stopped to answer it and drink some more water.
Now I only had three miles left! I could definitely complete that without stopping, which I managed to do. I finished the ten miles in 1:26:15 giving me an average pace of 8:37. I felt very relieved to finish the run and even though it was tough I feel that I am ready for my race next month.