The Savannah Rock-N-Roll Half Marathon is 6 weeks from this coming Saturday … EEK. Truth be told, the last couple weeks my training has been sub-par. The heat of Arizona was super difficult for me to bear and my running definitely suffered. Plus I was busy helping my dad out. Yesterday though I was able to lace up my sneakers and hit the pavement for an 8 mile run. I have to admit though, it was HARD getting out of bed. Chris and I didn’t get to sleep until 1AM Saturday night, and he had a work issue that woke us up at 5AM. 4 hours of sleep = grumpy Madeline who doesn’t want to run. But run I did.
For the first time here it started to feel like fall. When I left my house to meet Heather and Leslie Ann at J.F. Gregory Park at 7AM this was what my weather app told me:
The morning was just as beautiful. We got to the park just after sunrise and everything was so still and peaceful. It was the perfect morning to get back into the swing of things.
We started off walking for a few minutes to warm up our legs and just enjoying each others company. We don’t really do our long runs for time … we try to keep a comfortable pace and just chat and laugh the whole time. Once we started running though we took off fast. I knew we were going too fast when we hit mile 2. We pulled in the reigns a bit because there was still 6 to go for me … Leslie Ann and Heather ran 9 because they did 8 last week when I was in Phoenix. The fiddler crabs were out in full force too. It was difficult dodging them! For the first time though, one of the crabs posed for me so I could capture him for the blog:
Overall I am just glad I finished. I honestly felt good at the finish and was able to pick up some speed near the end. Considering my dismal training the last couple of weeks I am really happy with just getting the mileage under my belt. Next week I hope to do 100% better and FEEL better too. I ended up doing the 8 miles in 1:24:17 for about 10:33/mile. That is the pace I held for the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon in April … and I KNOW I can do better here in Savannah in November!
I also registered for the Squash for Josh 5k in J.F. Gregory Park on Saturday, September 22. This is a first time race with all proceeds being donated to the Richmond Hill Police Department and Crimestopper program in honor of a local boy, Joshua Moore, who died in 2011. If you are local come out and support a good cause! You can register HERE … it’s only $15! Registration closes tomorrow.
Did you run/race this weekend? How do you get back into your training when you’ve had to take a break?