I must apologize in advance. I did not run on Saturday. I had a couple adult beverages on Friday evening and was no quite up to running Sat. morning. LOL!
But, I did not let that deter me from running this weekend. I got up this morning and decided to go out before we took my MIL out to lunch to celebrate Mother's Day. I put on a pair of my new capri pants (that did not have a liner!) and headed to the local park. I wasn't wasn't feeling the run today, but since I had swore I would run this weekend, I had to go. So, my decision was to see how fast I could run a mile. I headed to Shelley Park and walked to the start of the path.
I started off at a good clip. I was excited thinking I was making good time as I ran. When I got to the end of the path to turn around, I was at 5:54 for 1/2 mile. This was a great time for me! I think the best I have ever done at the 1/2 mile mark is 5:45 and that was sometime last spring. So, I was psyched! I turned around to return to the start and felt pretty good.
Then I hit the hill. I kinda forgot about the hill. It's really steep and I've been running on fairly flat side walks lately. I was totally unprepared for the hill. And the run went down hill from there...well, I wish, but you know what I mean. I felt awful going up the hill and wanted to stop with every step. I continued on though and finally got back to the start. And had the worst 1 mile time I've had in ages...13:24. :-( It has been a very long time since I have run a mile in 13 minutes. I had gotten used to running the mile in the low 12:20s and had hoped to be around that when I hit the end of the path.
Yes, I will chalk a good bit of that up to the hill, but it still doesn't take the sting out of the disappointment I felt when I hit the stop on Garmin and saw that number. I'm thinking I may try to run a mile on Sunday mornings just to see if I can improve that time. I just know that I was really sad when I saw that time...