I started off exactly as I planned: nice and easy, at a 10:09 mile. The second mile was about the same, just a little faster (10:00). Then, quite without any warning or planning, my splits started to get faster. It wasn't an increase in effort... it just kind of happened! I think I am a natural negative-splitter. My body just takes a couple of miles to get warmed up, and then it likes to get faster! During miles 6 and 7, I did have to tell myself to "stay strong"a few times, as by that point I realized I was going to have the chance for a perfect negative split run. The final mile, I will admit, I pushed it. I like to finish all long runs with a "kick" at the end. For this one, I thought I was closer to the end than I actually was... so I started to sprint at around 7.6 miles. Way too early! Slowed down a bit and then picked it up for the final 0.2 miles. Totally rocked it :)
And there we have it, friends, a negative-split run! I started thinking that if I could run the final 5.1 miles in about 9 min/mile, I'd have a 2:00-half. I really do think I had that in me today (until that last kick, that is). And I know that when I run my next half, I won't have any 10-minute splits in there. Makes me feel super-confident for my next half and definitely going under 2 hours :)
The weather was much better than it has been. 72 degrees (same for the "real feel" temp), with 88% humidity and a dewpoint of 70. I will take it, especially since for the first part of my run there wasn't any sun to speak of as well! Still, I was definitely
I also had two first-time events this morning:
- First time wearing a running skirt--this went better than I expected! It was comfortable (no wedgies LOL), and allowed me to stay cool. I definitely am going to invest in more of these (this one, I got from a FB site where women resell their (gently) used running gear).
- First time wearing my Fuel Belt. I bought it last month, but haven't needed to wear it. It holds two 10-oz. water bottles, but since I haven't ran more than 6 miles at a time since my half in May, my hand-held Nathan bottle (which holds 10 ounces) is all that I have needed. I was really worried about trying out the Fuel Belt, and my concerns seemed founded during the first half-mile or so of my run. It seemed to bounce around a lot and I questioned my decision to wear it. However, I got used to the sensation and quickly forgot about it. I liked not having anything in my hand, and I also liked having the extra water. I ended up drinking 15 oz. during the run itself (and the last 5 during my cool-down walk), so it was definitely needed!