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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Nice 9 Miler

This morning I headed out for my 10 mile (or close to it) run.  Next weekend is the Black Earth 10 mile Run - my April race - so I wanted to make sure that I at least had one run longer than 6 miles under by belt before next Saturday.  I was planning on taking Sophie for 5 miles - dropping her off at home and then heading out again.  I asked my son if he wanted to run with me and he said he would (I was a little surprised - I love to run with him - but run quite a bit slower than him)  . . . Joe hasn't been running much lately -  but did run last week and used my garmin.  Check out the 3 minute difference in our avg pace!
JOE - 3.6 miles in 23:49 for a 6:37 avg pace
then the next morning I ran 
ME - 2.5 miles in 24:22 for a 9:36 avg pace.  
Clearly - he would need to run slower! 'cause I can't run that fast! 

It was a sunny but chilly day in Madison.  Temp was 23 with strong 14 mph winds out of the north.  This makes the wind chill somewhere in the 10 degree range . . .  brrrrrrr.  One of these days - Spring will come! 

We headed out - I wasn't sure just how far we should go with Sophie - she has only run 6 miles before.  But she did GREAT.  She just kept running - only having to stop a few times for sniffing breaks - which occurred during mile 5.  

Right around mile 7 we returned to our neighborhood.  Since I wanted to get closer to 10 - I was going to do our neighborhood 2 mile loop, while Sophie and Joe were going to turn off and head directly to our house.  Well, Sophie would have none of that - while I kept going, Joe and Sophie turned left onto our street and I guess she came to a stop - she wasn't budging.  So all of a sudden I hear them behind me - Joe turned around and he and Sophie caught up to me and we finished the loop together for exactly 9 miles.  

Here are our splits:
1 - 8:59
2 - 9:12
3 - 9:45
4 - 9:25
5 - 10:09 - we stopped several times for Sophie to sniff
6 - 9:49
7 - 9:29
8 - 9:37
9 - 9:05
for an avg pace of 9:30.  

Great day!  Great run!  Great time with family! 


  1. I love that Sophie didn't want you to leave her behind. So glad that you had a great family run!!

  2. Now that is just sweet.
    It's been such a long time since i ran with my son (our cats would not enjoy it). I think I'll talk him into a nice few miles today.

  3. How fun! I enjoy it when I visit my parents and they bike along while I run. Looking forward to Black Earth on Saturday!

  4. What a fun run! How cute that Sophie wanted to keep going if you were :)

    I'm with you on the weather...I can't wait for Spring to get here!