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First Half Marathon Long Training Run – Check!

Posted Jan 15 2011 3:38pm

It’s only 3 p.m. and I’ve already had the best day :)

I met the girls at 11 a.m. for our first half marathon long training run! (Check out my training plan in this post ). Exciting.

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We had 6 miles on the docket for this morning. It was super sunny, about 45 degrees, and we were ready to rock. Yay! I missed this beautiful NC sunshine :)

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We had a great run – we ran all around Carrboro and Chapel Hill, including one super long gradual hill. Anytime one of us felt super tired, we gave each other pep talks. I love having training buddies :)

Splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:49
  • Mile 2: 8:35
  • Mile 3: 8:29
  • Mile 4: 9:02
  • Mile 5: 9:20 (massive long hill)
  • Mile 6: 9:15 (massive long hill continued)

Woohoo! We ended up running 6.10 miles in 54:06, for an average pace of 8:53. Not too shabby! We sprinted the last 0.10 miles per my insistence – I love finishing out runs with a short sprint. Makes it feel like a race and it’s more invigorating to stop after sprinting all out than it is to just peter out!

After our run, we decided brunch was in order. We walked over to a place in Carrboro called Jessee’s Coffee & Bar . It was super cute inside! I ordered the Breakfast Burrito, stuffed with egg, potato, white cheddar, salsa, avocado, and mixed veggies. So delish!

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And I swapped half my burrito for half of my friend Steph’s breakfast – she had the open faced biscuit topped with egg, turkey, tomato, and cheddar. Amaaaaazing. I need to eat biscuits more often I think. I mean, I AM in the south :)

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Yum. What perfect post-long run fuel! We had so much fun we decided we’re going to make doing brunch after our long Saturday runs a tradition, trying a new place each time. A brunch tour of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, if you will. Sweet! I’m excited because I miss going out to eat – I used to go out a lot with friends in DC, but none of us here at school have any money so we don’t usually go out. This will be a fun way to explore some of the local eateries without spending a ton of money (brunch is way cheaper than dinner + drinks!). Plus, it’s great motivation to run faster when we all know a delicious meal awaits us! ;)

I’m off to the mall to use my gift cards. Have a great Saturday!

p.s. Anyone else watching Miss America tonight? I am because I have to cheer on my girl Miss Vermont ! Remember when I met her ?!

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