Saturday, April 19, 2008

8 Miles Alone

After all of these months of training with people, it felt really weird walking alone today. Because of schedules it just did not work out.

I went out at 8:30 this morning (I get to sleep in when I'm not walking with Deb!), walked from my house 1 mile to a park, 5 laps around the park (1.2 miles per lap), and walked home. I was a little worried that I didn't leave early enough to miss the rain, but I was OK.

This morning there were hundreds of children playing soccer throughout the park! It was so fun to watch. Some teams were just practicing, others had games, and I think almost all of the kids were under 3 feet tall. I love seeing so many kids playing sports and having fun.

There were also several people walking and running around the park. I was surprised at how many older couples there were walking together. Most of them looked like they did it pretty regularly.

There was even a group playing cricket on one of the ball fields.

So, overall it was a good morning. I was able to walk from my house without driving anywhere, I saw lots of healthy people to keep me entertained, and I didn't get rained on.

I almost didn't notice I was walking alone.

The times are misleading. Though the first and last "lap" were only one mile, I had to wait for traffic lights.
Lap 1 - 20:08
Lap 2 - 18:18 - 15:25 per mile
Lap 3 - 18:31 - 15:43 per mile
Lap 4 - 17:51 - 14:88 per mile
Lap 5 - 17:46 - 14:80 per mile
Lap 6 - 17:38 - 14:69 per mile
Lap 7 - 17:38

I tend to speed up as I go. I noticed it during pervious half marathons.

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