Before we get to the run, I'd just like to say one thing...
IS IT SPRING YET??!!
The snow and rain and cold and general yuckiness is SO last month.
Uh, God? I'd like an order of sunshine, please? With a side of warmth. Thankyouverymuch.
So anyway, this run. ROCKED MY SOCKS OFF. It would have been a top 10 run ANYWAY, just cuz I got to do it with the most awesome person alive, BUT the sweetness had a generous dollop of rockin' pace on top which just took it to whole 'nother adjective. (Awesomesauce? Bomb.com? You pick.)
Hubs and I starting out at 8am
Incase you've not been here for long (and probably only 3 of you have), my starting off pics are pretty much always in the dark. I truly am a get-up-get-dressed-and-go type runner. But hubs needed his morning coffee and my parents were coming up to be watched by our minions, I mean to watch our minions, and I didnt want to give them a dark 0' thirty time in which to be here.
So I got up at 7, ate a 1/2 a banana with some PB around 7:40 and we were on the street a little after 8.
We started off in our neighborhood and took that over to Lake Z stopping 2 or 9 times on the way over so I could blow my shnoz. Does anyone else have this issue? I always end up taking embarrassing amounts of tissue along.
I joked with hubby that I needed one of these:
It really would save a lot of time digging one out of my many pockets.
Took 1/2 a PowerBar Gel a bit before 5 miles (and again about mile 10)
I think the guy coming up behind us at this point thought it was weird that I was taking a picture of a gel. On my wrist. *Sigh*...the things I do for you guys.
We passed these GORGEOUS balls of fluff TWICE on our run
This is about mile 11. Feeling pretty awesome from my second 'hit' of the gel!
To fully appreciate the awesomeness of this pace you can read about my first two 'real' 1/2 marathons HERE. I ran my 1/2 last Spring (on a hilly course-I will give it that-today's was fairly flat for most of the route), at an avg pace of 9:03. So to be able to pull ^THIS^ off on a training run? Was pretty stinkin' awesome (only burmmer is that I think that blister thing a ma bobber is coming back-bleh). Pace for the last .1 miles? 7:29. BOOOOO YYYYAAAAAA!!
So in celebration, I went out and bought all of these:
I ate 4 BIG cookies.
Dont ya love when a training run is just purified AWESOMENESS the whole time??