Disclaimer: As a Gone For a Run ambassador I was given a complimentary race entry. No other compensation was received. All opinions are mine alone.
EDIT: After reading all of your fabulous comments I realize that I ran this virtual race a weekend too early!!! My teacher brain has me all mixed up! Darn that back to school stuff lol!
Currently training for:
Gulf Coast Half Marathon
Senior Bowl Charity Run 10K
Double Bridge Run 15K
Disney Princess 5K
Disney Enchanted 10K
Disney Princess Half Marathon
I was signed up to run the Sole Sister Run 7 Mile Virtual Race by GoneForARun.com! I also needed to run 9 miles for half marathon training. So I decided to run my virtual race during my 9 miles!
I was so excited because Jenny was back in town and ready to run! I couldn't wait to hear all about her trip out west! We figured out the details of our run on Friday afternoon. We decided to run our favorite route downtown even though we would encounter hills. We also knew we needed water for 9 miles so we made a plan for me to drop water Friday evening at Jenny's husband's work which was on our route.
The weather Saturday morning was hot and humid. But a runner still has to run even when the conditions aren't favorable. So it didn't stop us!
Since we hadn't seen each other in three weeks we had lots to talk about on the run! I loved this because it made it go by fast! Before I knew it we were at mile 3....and our water stop!
I labeled our water bottles appropriately! ;-)
We each drank half the bottle and then it was time to run again. We weren't ready to turn around and head back yet. We needed to run another mile and a half before we headed home. We didn't really realize this mile and a half was all downhill....until we had to turn around! Man was that hill hard!!!! We basically had a full mile of a steady hill! But we powered through it and had an average pace of 8:45 for that hilly mile! Wow! Before long we were at mile 6 and our water stop again. We drank the rest of our water while enjoying the sunrise through the trees!
We only had 3 miles to go! We could do it! Mile 7 came and I silently congratulated myself on the Sole Sister Virtual Race!
We hit mile 8 and I decided to dedicate it to my son Sawyer since it was his 8th birthday that day! But around mile 8.5 I got a serious side stitch. It was hurting! But I had to power through and make it to my 9 miles! I'm not sure if all the talking and hills made me run out of gas or what. But that stitch was intense! I was so happy when my Garmin reached mile 9!!!
We did it! It was a challenging run for sure! But I felt super proud afterwards! And I really felt proud when I saw that we had an average pace of 8:54 on such a hilly run!!!
We took a few pictures! We were so sweaty! My skirt was dripping! So gross!
Then I called my hubby to come outside and pretty please take some pictures of me and Jenny together! Because without meaning to we matched! We were color coordinated with our black and pink!!!
Goofy guy thought it would be funny to take a selfie too lol!
We stretched a bit and talked a bit. Then Sawyer (the birthday boy) and Hayden came outside and Jenny did a little birthday dance for Sawyer and they took selfies! So much fun! A mini birthday party in the front yard! Sawyer (and Hayden too) LOVED it!
It was a fun start to my Saturday for sure! And I even got a medal for those 9 miles! Win win!!!
QOTD: Did you run this virtual race? Are you training for anything right now?