9 miles, I seriously just did 9 miles! I am so excited I was able to do this! I took one 4 1/2 minute walking break at mile 7 when I felt like I couldn't go any further and that was just enough time to rest and regroup. My last mile and 1/2 were at a 9:40 pace and I caught up to Claire, who ran the entire distance without walking. I wish I were there yet, but I barely walked, and I didn't give up, so I have nothing to feel bad about. I was only going to run to mile 1, then walk the rest, but I really wanted to catch up to Claire. It was her longest run and I know the last two miles were really hard on her. I'm so proud of both of us.
Since I've been training/aiming around at a 10 minute pace, but my longest consecutive run to date was 5 miles, I had no idea what to expect today. The total distance was 9.7 miles (a hike up to the trail and then a tiny bit more than 1/4 mile walk). We started running at the 9 mile marker and it conveniently counts down the mileage in 1/4 mile increments. This is super motivational to me to watch the white poles count down. We completed the 9 miles in 1 hr 38 min and 42 seconds. I was excited to see that averaged out at a 10:58/mile pace. I know I didn't pace myself as well as I would have liked for this run and some miles were slower, but I'll get there!
Things can only really get better from here and I'm glad I did this run in lieu of the 4 mile run with the Get Fit Live Fit group today. I am sad to have missed it, but our run was also in Vancouver today and it's the Vancouver Marathon weekend so I can't imagine how crazy it would have been to be over there. Our program is a 3 week increase, with a 1 week cut back. This week was our cut back week and I did cut back a bit this week except for our track workout - but since I'm running the 1/2 in 3 weeks I needed to feel like I could do this. After today, I know I can.
Hey, guess what? I ran 9 miles! Wahooo!!!!