The weather when I started was bright sunshine and high 70’s and a very light breeze. An absolutely beautiful day . The weather wasn’t really a factor, at least I didn’t notice, other than I purposely was drinking more often than usual.When I was coming back through Hallowell, it started to sprinkle and then once I got to Pine State it started to rain. Which actually felt pretty good to me.
I started out pretty comfortably, but at my usual mile mark, the GPS App didn’t go off and I just seemed to keep going and going almost another quarter mile before it said 1.0 mile complete. Weird, but hey, I just use the GPS as a guestimate of mileage – I know they are not that accurate.
I wanted to try and keep the run around 9:00 minute pace for the 15.0 miles.
I had a GPS dip around mile 4.0 and ended up with 15.3 miles for the run. When I checked the route info on the Nike + create a run map it came up with:
So the GPS App was .2 tenths of a mile short of the probable distance. I think that I did pretty good though, Nike+ estimated that it would take me 2:21:24 and I did it in 2:20:28, just a little faster. So they have my time down pretty close.
I wanted to keep my pace around 9:00 minutes for the 15.0 miles and think that 9:03 is pretty close .
The other thing that I accomplished on this run, was when I got home I weighed myself and I came in at 149. Now this is a number that I never thought that I would ever see again from me on a scale. I know that weighing yourself after running is cheating, but this is how I always used to do it, so that I would know how much I needed to re-hydrate myself. Still it is the first time I have been in the 140’s in forever.
My Nike Free 4.0’s did great! They continue to be so comfortable and I haven’t had any problems with them while running – so far so good!
15 compared to 13 miles really doesn’t sound all that different, but those extra 18+ minutes out on the run today, felt like forever! The extra 2.0 miles does make a difference.
Could I have gone further. No problem, but I have a feeling right around 20.0 miles I would have bonked hard without, a gel packet and more water.
It does feel pretty good to say that I have gone this far again .