SO happy to be done with my long run this week, and feeling GOOD about things again!!! Last Friday, my long run of 18 miles was rough~~ I hadn’t run that distance in 356 days, since my last marathon training, and I felt it :(
Today, things were going to be different!! I took the advice of Coach Cathy and would not push the pace. I would run comfortably and slowly, at the bottom of the pace range, and not push for the top.
The night before I made up 5 bottles of Nuun water, I set out cough drops, PLOW ON gum, and my GU gels to refuel. I made a new playlist and had my Garmin and heart rate monitor ready to go! Now to rest and sleep. (c’mon kids, please let Mommy get a decent night’s sleep!)
As with most runs, the first few miles were sluggish. I took an out and back 2 miles each way, so that I would never be more than 2 miles away from the house, so the sitter wouldn’t FREAK OUT if the boys did something abnormal (like THAT would ever happen). I figured each time I got back to the house I would refuel, so that I could keep a good account of everything this time out. And boy was that the best decision I have ever made in my running journey. You see, the movie that we saw yesterday and the HUGE BUCKET of popcorn we consumed during said movie, were coming back to haunt me. I hardly made it home at 4 miles to take care of things!!! Then the same thing at mile 12!! I did eat a lot of popcorn, but c’mon now…
So I had just one more out and back and I would be done! I was feeling strong! But reluctant to push the pace, keeping in mind that last Friday this is where I crashed. So each step was tentative. Was that my glute tightening? Did my foot just do something? Do I have to go to the bathroom, AGAIN??? It was a long 2 miles out, but when I made the turn around at mile 14 I knew I was home free!
I redeemed myself! I felt strong enough to run the last 2 miles at the top of my training range (10:55). Wooo hoooo!! I got this!!! I love this ‘on top of my world’ feeling! (16 miles 3:00:45)
How long are you going this weekend? Racing season is upon us! Are you going out for your first??