Nice..running 9 miles to me is an impossibility. I cant imagine pulling that off..lol. I have never been good at long distance running, but when I ran track I could do 5 mile runs, and run a mile without any effort. That is the best I have done.
I am running at an easy pace. Looking to do a 5k in under 30 mins for now. Everything I know about running says to start off easy or you will burn out real fast with it.
Great point about heavy feet. This is why I am mixing in jump rope, which is a key part of the process before working out.