Just for the fun of it.

I had a day off. So I ran a half marathon. Just for the fun of it. 

It is such a weird difference between racing an official half marathon and running an unofficial 13.1 miles. I went only as fast as I wanted to and did the last five miles with my favourite running partner. I was expecting the last part with my mom to be a little slower but we ran almost the same pace that I ran by myself! 

I set out before 7:00 am, which is a sleep-in nowadays, and hit the path by the river for a nice and cool 8.24 miles. It was only 5 degrees Celsius when I left and my fingers were a tad numb at first but they warmed up eventually! I wore my Runsie and a windbreaker for the first part of my run and then ditched the jacket when I came home and grabbed my mom for the second part of my run. 

My mom is the best – she ran faster than she normally does to keep up with me and we talked the whole time so it flew by! We need to run together more often… maybe in a couple of days though, you know, once I’ve recovered from today!

“Garmin or it doesn’t count” is something I say on quite a regular basis. I love my Garmin Forerunner 10 and couldn’t imagine running without it. I have the pink one that I got for Christmas last year and my mom bought herself the green one. We like to match and compare. I apparently ran 0.03 miles farther. I’ve always been an overachiever. 

I did my first 8.24 miles at an 8:24 min/mile pace, and then last 5.03 at an 8:35 min/mile pace, for an overall of 13.27 miles at 8:28 min/mile. Not bad.

My mile splits were 8:45, 8:32, 8:26, 8:25, 8:26, 8:43, 8:06, 7:58, (picked up my mom), 8:41, 8:32, 8:29, 8:42, 8:32 and about 7:58 min/mile for the last 0.27. Once we got home we did some ab work and then hit the showers because I am pretty sure I smelled like death.

I never really know what I am going to feel like eating after a long run but I usually know it will involve peanut butter. Today I made whole wheat banana waffles and topped them with peanut butter, with a side of greek yogurt and fruit. Perfect post-run refuelling. 

Warm waffles = melty peanut butter = HEAVEN.

I now have the day to focus on rehydrating my body and keeping up with my metabolism by eating every 17 minutes instead of every 23. Oh, and doing homework and studying… that too. 

Is there a better way to start your day than by running a half marathon? I don’t think so! Having no stress, no pressure, and just running my little heart out – it was really fun!

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