The RUN HOME Half Marathon

I did something cool yesterday. I created a half marathon route from Joe’s place to my place. I had to add in some extra out-and-backs, and there were several long stretches of rolling hills.

Also, though unintended, I had to make some extra pit stops. I think I ate something that did not agree with me. In any case, I made it:

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If you see that greenish elevation chart on the bottom right, it is obvious that thins route had a NET UPHILL. I never realized that running from Sunnyvale to Saratoga is a gradual uphill.

Also, my intention was to “pace myself” for a 1:55 half marathon. I kind of got lost with the mile splits along the way (I was not staring at my watch all that much… I just ran by effort and feel. That’s also why the mile splits are all over the place). I gave up on the 1:55 pace until near the end, with two miles left when I realized… I was kind of right on pace.

1:55:11. Not bad. Actually, it was kind of tough near the end, but now I know why… the last two miles are just a gradual incline!

Then, I jog-walked another mile up to my home. 14.10 miles done yesterday. Nice longish run before my half marathon next week!

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Today was a rest day… kinda sorta. I did an hour on our elliptical (and lost like 2 pounds of water weight through my sweat… I’m just guessing. I sweat as if I’m sitting in a mega-hot sauna).

Then I did about 45 minutes of Pilates. Man, I should really do that more often. My butt and thighs were quaking and shaking like crazy!!!

Tomorrow, if I can wake up early, will be another long run day. I’m thinking of hitting the trails for this one. I want to really get in a nice hard trail run before I go off to be a counselor at a youth retreat next week!

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When I told my parents I ran home from Joe’s they said, “OMG, Meeshel, that’s too much!… How many miles is that? Like five?”

“No, a half marathon… plus another mile up as a cooldown.”

“….”

“A half marathon is thirteen-point-one miles.”

“….”

Do the members of your family run at all? If not, do they think you’re crazy when you decide to run “outrageous” distances?

Anyone who practices Pilates regularly?

2 responses to “The RUN HOME Half Marathon

  1. Your parents are too cute! They are a lot like mine. Mine are not active/fit folks either. I haven’t run a half marathon distance yet but intend to in the future. But my mom thinks running 5 or 6 miles is crazy. When I run a mile or two she’s like, “Oh, you can eat whatever you want, you did all that running today.” And I’m like “Oh, mom . .” smh. lol

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