Yesterday I made it to 6 miles! It felt a little more like a long run than I would have liked, but it was still a good run. My time was 59:20 and I was really pleased with that. I tried to slow it down a bit to make sure I could go the distance and when I got to 4 miles I tried to pick it up and finish strong. I succeeded, but it was a challenge.
My splits were as follows:
Mile 1 - 10:05
Mile 2 - 9:56
Mile 3 - 10:01
Mile 4 - 10:05
Mile 5 - 9:32
Mile 6 - 9:38
Right now, being 10 weeks post baby, I am really happy with anything under a 10 minute pace. Actually, I'm happy with miles run over a 10 minute pace, but going under means I am getting stronger. My plan now is to hang out here, running 4-6 miles a day until all splits are around 9:00-9:30 pace and then I will add more mileage. I don't want to keep adding mileage and keep slowing down to accommodate it, but I did want to get up to 6 miles with my endurance before focusing on a stronger pace.
This morning I met my girls at 5:15 and ran 4 miles with them. It was not the first time I've run with them, but it is the first time I drove to our meeting place...just like I used to do. They are in their taper weeks before their marathon next weekend, so they only needed 4 miles. That was perfect for me and I felt good the entire way. It was so nice to run and chat or just listen to the chatter around me. It always makes the miles fly by when I run them with my girls. I'm planning to visit a friend today who had her son a few weeks after I had Eloise, so I knew this might be my only shot at some exercise.
So now it's on with my day...and some coffee.