Monday, September 15, 2008

0 Run 3, Week 5 (BBOHR): Yay, I'm Done With the BBOHR Program!



Weather Conditions:
Temp: 75° F

Warm-up Walk:
Start Time: 5:57 am
Distance: 0.53 mi
Time: 9:01 min
Avg Pace: 17:00 min/mi
Calories Burned: 55
Start Time:
6:07 am
Distance: 9.61 mi
Time: 1:49:25 min
Avg Pace: 11:23 min/mi
Calories Burned: 1000
Cool-down walk:
Start Time: 7:57 am
Distance: 0.29 mi
Time: 5:01 min
Avg Pace: 16:47 min/mi
Calories Burned: 31

Today was my last day of running in Hawaii. :-( Tomorrow evening we fly back to the continental US, although my flight won't actually arrive until the following morning (i.e., Wednesday).

Of course, I could run tomorrow as well, but since I've already run 3 days straight of 6+ mile runs, I thought I'd take a "break" from running: Instead, I'm going to get up early tomorrow morning & walk the path & beach & photograph some of the natural beauty & sites that I didn't have a chance to capture while I was running. ;-)

In fact, there were several moments this morning when I had wished that I'd have had a camera on me. For example, some particularly photo-worthy shots would've been the sight of the moon glowing softly against a clear, pale blue sky -- the moon was full & was lit as brightly as an electric neon sign (!); underneath the moon were a few tethered boats floating peacefully on the ocean.

Also, very picturesque was a scene with birds sitting in an ancient-looking, gnarled, dark brown tree, which was a stark contrast against this beautiful bright full moon and light blue sky. If I can't capture a similar photo tomorrow, I might paint a picture of it when I get home. Yes, it was that lovely!

I also have yet to snap photos of the snails I mentioned earlier or this really lovely purple flower which grows on vines and reaches out, very gracefully, to the beach. There are also some very interesting looking pieces of driftwood positioned on the sand in a very artistic fashion that I've just got to photograph as well. ;-)

Needless to say, I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's early morning walk. Tomorrow's leisurely stroll along the beach is my "reward" for all the hard work I've done over the past 2 weeks -- No, I'm not referring to the "hard work" of lying on the beach or at the pool. ;-) I mean, the effort of getting up early (i.e., 5:30 am!) & running almost every day! Most people would probably rather laze in bed on their vacation, but no, not me! It's not in my nature to pass up the opportunity to run in the solace of the early morning in such a heavenly place!


OK, now I haven't forgotten to blog about my run. Just really briefly, here are some highlights: I was only planning on running somewhere between 6.2-7.5 miles today, since I was feeling a little peaked from the last two days of running. Of course, once I got out on the trail, my thought process changed entirely & I went from feeling tired after only 2 miles, to running 2 large hills on the golf course, & then to feeling re-energized after 40 minutes of running, (at which point I'd eaten my very first Gu in all the time I've been on the island), running another large hill, & then, before I knew it, coming upon 6.2 miles with still another 1.5 miles or so to go before reaching the villa complex. Of course, in the back of my head, I knew this wasn't an accident. I'd "set myself up" to do a 7+ mile run as soon as I'd reached the golf course. After about 5 miles, I knew I was going to run atleast 7, and when I'd reached 6.2, I knew I was going to run atleast 8. ;-) By 8 miles, I'd reached the villa complex & just kept running back & forth along the path to string it out until 9+ miles.

Something unexpected happened around 8.5 miles. I was ready to "cash it in" when I saw that there was a rather tall & lanky girl running in back of me, & could feel her gaining on me. Of course, by this point, my legs were spent & the rest of me was starting to reach the point of exhaustion. But did this stop me from speeding up? Of course not! ;-) I went from doing an 11 minute-mile to a sub-10 minute mile. Apparently, I still had something still left in the tank. ;-)

"Was that fast enough to keep her at bay?," I wondered. No matter. Just in case, I kept going as fast as I could -- my body felt like it was flying (& OK, maybe the arms & legs were flailing a bit at that point as well!) -- until I saw that she'd stopped to walk. OK, phew, now I can slow down a bit.

I was thankful that no one was running in back of me as I'd reached 9 miles, because by that point, I really was ready to hang it up. I think I'd slowed to an 11:30 minute/mile, & while I knew I could probably have hung in there & pulled out another mile to reach 10, somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I began to multiply my run by 2, & tried to envision what it'd be like to run 18 miles or even longer. "Could I do it?!," I asked myself. Well, maybe I wasn't up to it today ;-), but if I just continue my training, I think the answer will be a resounding "Yes!"

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