I set my I Smooth Run App for a timed run, best running app in my opinion. It is very accurate, measured many times against hubby's Garmin, and very versatile. I set up for 90 minutes of continuous running with a 5 minute warm up and cool down. I was hoping to eek out 9 miles at a comfortable pace. Well I guess slogging through the wet, humid, horrendous summer we have had paid some dividends. Also it might be the addition of planks and plies to my post running regimen. In December when I started training for my first half my first 90 minute run was a little over 8 miles at around 10:10m min/mile. Today I thought my app was broken as it kept racking up miles but never said you are half way through your work out until mile nearly 5 and 1/2 miles. It also kept saying my current and average pace were in the 8 minutes. I was beginning to think, "I wonder who is running."
The best part was I was just running a comfortable pace. No struggling just enjoying the beautiful weather the scenery and my new Half Marathon mix I recently downloaded. This run was a confidence booster for me. I ran my February 1/2 at about 9:18 per mile. Today I did nearly 11 at 8:55. I know during the race I will be a little more pumped up. So I feel like my sub 2 hour goal might be within reach. I only need to shave 4 minutes off my last half. I also tested out my Altra Intuitions one of the shoes I am considering for the race. They felt pretty good.
The funniest part was there was guy on Silver Comet running, I passed him three times, twice on my way out. I passed him when I first started then I pulled off for some water and a restroom break at the rest area and passed him when I got back on. I don't think he went out as far I did so when I was coming back to my car I passed him again. He said to the guy next to him, "this is ridiculous! That girl is lapping me." Tomorrow will be an easy recovery run. I hope everyone is having a great weekend. We are having the most awesome weather!!