Well, I sure did not plan on running 6.2 miles this morning. I was going to rest yesterday ,as well as today, for the Corktown 5K tomorrow in Detroit. Everything changed with one email yesterday morning! Before I knew it, my BFF and I were registered for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC! We did not get chosen for the lottery to get an entry back in December, but got a second chance yesterday. Needless to say, we jumped on it.
Part of the registration had us running the Nike Women Virtual 10K either March 9th, or 10th, for a cool shirt. Ok, granted I will get a Tiffany & Co. necklace at the finish line in Washington, DC, as well as another state for my Half 2 Run, I will run a 10K too this weekend.
One of the caviots to record the 10K was you had to use the Nike+ application to do so. I track all my runs on the Garmin, and now monitor my heart rate on my Omron monitor, so I had to add yet another way to track. Granted I wear my Nike Fuel Band, but I downloaded the Nike+ running application to upload the 10K data to my Nike+ account that I used to register for DC to get credit for the 10K. Not to mention I had to use the hashtag on my Tweet of #letsturnitup. I could not remember that for the life of me when it came time and had to look it up. I digress, I was confused with using 3 tracking systems, 2 is enough for me. Still with me? Yea, it was too much for this Mama to use yet another way to track.
I took off early this am as I had a coffee date with my Chiropractor. LOVE her! So, I headed to the local Metro Park and took off once the sun was up.
Well the sun was really not up, but it was light out.
Considering I really want to do the 5K for time tomorrow, I gave myself a goal to keep my pace between 9-10 minute miles. That worked out well, except for the parts where the path was covered with ice. There has been so much freeze and thaw here, no matter how much salt they threw down, there were at least 5 places on the 6 mile loop where a good 10 feet of path was solid ice. I weaved on the icy grass, I slowed down and traversed the ice. I had a total of 10 deer cross my path. During the run, I could only see about 20 feet in front of me due to thick fog. The moisture in the air was hard on my lungs, not to mention the 26F COLD air.
I ran, I sipped my Nuun, and ran more. It actually went by pretty quickly. At mile 5 , I decided to stop checking my Garmin and just finish.
Look at those negative splits! I also took off in the harder direction from the boat dock which meant I had to run up hill. You can either run up hill or run flat towards the lake. After a discussion this week with a local running coach, I decided to challenge myself and run this 1oK starting up hill.
Now, seeing how I used 3 technologies to track and was most concerned about my Nike+ Application, as that what was going to be the official time to Nike, I forgot to stop my Garmin! My iPhone kept telling me the mileage, pace, etc at each mile from the Nike+ application so I held that in my hand during the last 0.2 miles to record properly. The Garmin and Omron were forgotten about! I edited the Garmin data after the fact with my official completion time of 58:19 but some how it is showing 58:31. Close enough!
Here is my official data for the run on Nike+
Noticed too after this photo how hodge podge my running clothes were! Could I have any more colors going on? Funny thing was everyone was wearing their Chicago Marathon clothes today! Saw my BFF when I finished my run and she had her shirt on, my Chiropractor had her shirt on during our wonderful visit and two Instagram friends were wearing their shirts! That being said, I can not wait till Nike sends me my official 10K shirt and I will be stalking the mail box.