Good Morning, friends! This post is going to be short and I likely won’t be blogging for a few days due to Hurricane Sandy.
These are the evacuation zones for my hometown, Staten Island. There is currently a mandatory evacuation in place for residents living in zone A. We are just outside zone A (the red on the map). My older sister and her family are in zone C (currently not required to evacuate) but my mom falls right in the middle of zone A. So her and my sister spent last night at our home.
While the wind and rain pose a severe threat to Staten Island, we are most concerned with the water surge from the Raritan Bay. We are bracing and expecting the worst – we spent most of the weekend preparing our home and shopping for essentials.
I will keep everyone as updated as I can, but are anticipating power outages that can last for extended periods of time, so access to a computer and internet may not be feasible.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is in the path of this storm – especially those that are in her direct path (the models currently show that we are NOT in the direct path of Sandy). Let’s hope that the models are making this storm worse than she will be.
After a handful of 7-8 mile runs, I decided late last week that I was ready to try my first double digit run postpartum. We needed to get our Honda serviced and the service center is located about 10 miles north of our home. Rather than put both kids in the car for what would end up being close to an hour drive (total) due to traffic on Staten Island, I decided that I would drive the car up early on Saturday and run home. I did something similar back in June when I was 26 weeks pregnant and loved it. I would be gone about 2 hours total – so I nursed the little guy, made sure he was asleep for his morning nap (which is usually about 2 hours), pumped, and took off.
Since I’m not completely sure what pace I can maintain for these long(er) runs, I am forcing myself to start slow. I’m not going out trying to run sub-8 miles the whole time because I have NO idea if that is feasible right now. So, I find that I am starting off slow and adjusting my pace based on how I feel.
The uncertainty of pace is causing most of my runs to be progression runs (which are my favorite!) and I tend to finish the runs feeling strong. The first 9 miles were comfortable – I decided to pick up the pace the last mile to see how it felt – that was the only mile I was tired and out of breath.
- Mile 1: 8:31
- Mile 2: 8:28
- Mile 3: 8:26
- Mile 4: 8:17
- Mile 5: 8:24
- Mile 6: 8:17
- Mile 7: 8:15
- Mile 8: 8:09
- Mile 9: 8:07
- Mile 10: 7:37
- Average Pace: 8:15
It would have been a perfect progression run had it not been for mile 5!! And the great new is that it is THREE minutes faster than the last time I did this run (along the same route).
Did you race this weekend? (Congrats to everyone who kicked butt at the Marine Corps Marathon!)
Do you enjoy progression runs?
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