Saturday, November 8, 2008

Somewhere Pigs are Flying


I am sure of it. No doubt in my mind. What....you didn't see the pigs today??

Maybe you will find this even stranger........today I ran 8 miles. No really. I RAN 8 miles.

RAN.EIGHT.MILES!!!!!!


No, you aren't getting it.... (stick with me, will ya?)

I didn't run and walk 8 miles. I RAN. CONTINUOUSLY. Like real non-stop running. With no walk breaks!!!

Now you see what I mean about the pigs???? (dang, this bloggity crowd can be slow sometimes)


It was mileage "cutback" week on the ol' training plan, so a few members of the TRC headed out to brave the 42 degree temps (brrrrr.....chilly for AZ!) this morning at 6:30am to trek along the canals as usual.

Don't get me wrong ~ our pace was extremely slow ~ but we ran the entire way. The only exception was one quick stop for me to take off my shirt (don't get too excited peeps....I had a tank underneath) and then one quick walk break at about mile 5 for nutrition consumption (didn't last longer than about a minute). Other than that, Candace, Christina and I ran, and chatted, and ran and chatted for an entire 8 miles. And I felt FANTASTIC!

This is a first for the Pokey Record Books and something I hadn't even intended when we headed out today. But once we realized that none of us felt like walking, we kept the slow steady pace and knocked down the miles. Garmin is in my car, but I think we finished in about 1 hour 40 minutes or about a 12.5 mpm pace.

Good, GOOD things are happening around here in Running Land lately....and it only makes me more and more motivated each day! I'm not fast by any means, but I'm improving. Long run paces are getting marginally better, and my endurance is definitely improving. Have I mentioned how much I love running???

Better watch out for them pigs!!!

31 comments:

Girl on Top said...

Congrats! That is so awesome. Keep it up and Paul Radcliffe ain't gonna have nothin' on you!

Melanie said...

That's great! congrats on an amazing run... that's a huge accomplishment!

MCM Mama said...

Good job! Keep it up!

teacherwoman said...

Nice job on the continuous 8 mile run! Wahoo!!!

BTW, do you enjoy running?

Pat said...

It's easy to run all that way when you don't have me as a boat anchor.

Maybe now you are ready for:

[URL=http://www.flyingpigmarathon.com/]This Great Race[/URL]

Pat said...

Darn it. That was supposed to be a link.

You'll have to copy and paste:

http://www.flyingpigmarathon.com/

Dan Seifring said...

Great job Pokey. It is amazing what girls can accomplish by talking a lot. LOL

Viv said...

That is awesome, Poke! Great continous pace....I am glad it was a great run. We ran the same distance yesterday well. I cut off .08 but dayum we are surf sistahs! LOL @ taking your top off for some reason I pictured Girld Gone Wild Running...

Nat said...

Oh that is awesome, you get my hero medal for the day. :)

Lori said...

Awesome! I hope to be able to run that far someday!

Southbay Girl said...

AWESOME!!!!! Way to go!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Great job!

Marcy said...

ALRIGHT POKE!! WHOOOOO HOOOOOO That's freekin awesome ;D ;D

Yasmin said...

Yay on the 8 miles! Also, it's hard for me to eat/drink anything whilst running. I don't count your nutrition break as a break.

J~Mom said...

You guys rock! You are going to rock PF Chang's FO SHO!!

Greg said...

Great job, guys, it's not only awesome to reach a milestone, but the milestone proves that you can go farther. You've proven to yourself that you can do it. So don't stop now!

And for Pat, the code you posted was messageboard code, not HTML. Here's a good link:

Flying Pig Marathon

RunningNan said...

AWESOME! I love that feeling of great accomplishment!

Cheryl said...

That's a great feeling, isn't it? I know how you feel. Keep it up!!

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Fantastic! That's a big step in your running. You really are making great progress. Keep up the good work.

Wes said...

Great job!! These are the kinds of accomplishments that keep us fresh and excited!! Way to go, Pokey!

Laura N said...

Woohoo! You Rock!

Laura said...

CONGRATULATIONS! My first 8 miler was summer 2007 and it was crazy... I had done 6 miles in training but then attempted an 8 mile race while totally hungover. It felt SO amazing to finish and I know that's what you're going through now! Woo hoo!

Now what's your next distance running goal? I know you're up for a challenge! :)

Carly said...

wooo hoooo! Pokey that is great news! Keep up the good work!

Mendy said...

OMG! You are simply amazing. You know that, right. I'm just now "starting back" running again and I just love to read things like this. You are doing so well, and it's inspring. I'm happy for you. I hope to be saying that in a month or 2.

Catholic Runner said...

Whoo Hoo! Congratulations!!

Jeff said...

8 miles? Non-stop? Stop the insanity! Where has the Pokey that I know gone?

The Running Knitter said...

Ok, so I'm a little late on commenting, but WHOOO HOOOOOO!!!!! YOU ROCKED IT!!!!

Rob said...

Great job on the 8! It's great when a plan comes together.

Calyx Meredith said...

I'm late chiming in but Woo Hoo! Eight miles - all run! That's a big deal to me too. You rock.

AKA Alice said...

Hooray! 8 miles is a great accomplishment.

Yay for flying pigs!

Blooming Orchid said...

Good job on the 8! Keep it up...