Tuesday, September 24, 2013

5 Mile Run in Bethany Beach

I went to the beach this past weekend! My parents recently bought a beach house in Bethany Beach, Delaware, and this was my first time getting to see it. We used to spend a week or two at the Delaware beaches every summer when I was growing up, first going to Fenwick Island, then switching to Bethany as I got older. I hadn't been in years, and was really looking forward to it.

I knew I would have to do a long run while I was there, and thought that this would be a nice opportunity to increase my pace a bit. I could take advantage of the completely flat terrain. We got in early Friday night, and met my family in Rehoboth to go to Dogfish Head (Joey was so excited!!). We got up Saturday morning to do our long runs (mine was 5 miles, Joey's was 10).

We both had a hard time with our run. Joey ended up doing 11.5 miles instead of 10, but had a hard time keeping up his pace. I started to get tired almost immediately, and didn't go any faster than I did in my last (very hilly) 5 mile run in Charlottesville. I ran from the beach house right to the beach, did a few loops on the (very tiny) boardwalk, and then ran back. Once I got closer to the beach, the sun was just beating down on me, and wore me out. I kept up a good pace in the first two miles, but then just got progressively slower and slower. I'm glad I still pushed through to at least finish the run.

Once I got back, I felt a lot better. I had done my exercise for the weekend and could completely enjoy myself!


Splits: (overall pace, pace in last 1/4 mile)
0.25 2:23 (9:32, 9:32)
0.50 4:46 (9:32, 9:32)
0.75 7:15 (9:40, 9:56)
1.00 9:28 (9:28, 8:52) last mile 9:28
1.25 11:58 (9:34, 10:00)
1.50 14:17 (9:31, 9:16)
1.75 16:48 (9:36, 10:04)
2.00 19:12 (9:36, 9:36) last mile 9:44
2.25 21:48 (9:41, 10:24)
2.50 24:20 (9:44, 10:08)
2.75 26:59 (9:49, 10:36)
3.00 29:32 (9:51, 10:12) last mile 10:20
3.25 32:09 (9:54, 10:28)
3.50 34:43 (9:55, 10:16)
3.75 37:20 (9:57, 10:28)
4.00 40:00 (10:00, 10:40) last mile 10:28
4.25 42:25 (9:59, 9:40)
4.50 44:58 (10:00, 10:12)
4.75 47:21 (9:58, 9:32)
5.00 49:59 (10:00, 10:32) last mile 9:59
5.01 50:03 (9:59)

HRM Results:
Duration: 0:51:14
Calories Burned: 675
Average Heart Rate: 180 (93.3% max)
Max Heart Rate: 188 (97.4% max)
Time in Zone (65-85%): 0:01:59

You can see from the HRM results that I was working harder than I was in my last 5 mile run. Or at least that I had a harder time running. Like I said, miles 1 and 2 were at a good pace, but miles 3 and 4 definitely slowed down. I kept them pretty steady though, and didn't really slow down much throughout them. I'm still proud of myself for doing the run!