I went on my second run tonight, which was the first time I have ever been on a night run. I really enjoyed the quiet and solitude it provided. I put my headphones on and just started running around my neighborhood. It was really, really nice, and quiet, but a bit more steamy than my lungs approved of.
My running coach asked me to run 25 minutes. I was supposed to see how long I could run the first time, until I got winded, and then walk till I was recovered. I am also supposed to keep her up-to-date on what I was feeling during the run. My first running interval was 1:30. I noticed about .65 miles in that my calves were incredibly tight and feeling like they were tied in knots. As the run progressed, running became more and more difficult because the tightness in my calves made my knees uncomfortable. I also realized about a mile in that my lower back is incredibly uncomfortable.
I ended up making it 24 minutes, 1.8 miles, with an average pace of 13:13 min/mile. Now, if only I can replicate this pace consistently for 13.1 miles, I'll be right under 3 hours for completing the Princess Half. My ultimate goal is just to finish, but if I could finish in under 3 hours, I would be incredibly proud.