Week one of marathon training is finished, and it was a great success! I was a little nervous about my long run today because Matt and I celebrated our anniversary in the usual indulgent way: a heavy dinner, drinks, and dessert.
|Blurry post-dinner selfie!|
Because I'll be traveling this afternoon and I'll be in unfamiliar territory Saturday morning, I chose to do my long run a day early, even if that meant getting up at 5am the day after our anniversary celebration. (A perk of summer break - I can fit my long-runs in on a weekday!)
I like knowing I have that flexibility if I need it because, with how busy this summer is shaping up to be, I may need to move my runs around a bit next week, too.
I have to shout out to Chris from the Sub30 Club because without her daily EMC (early morning club...or crew? I never know!) posts on Facebook, I'm not sure I could tear myself out of bed.
The run started a little rough because I had some hair and headband malfunctions (I tried a new brand today and I'm not sure it's really right for me), but once I got into it, I felt amazing. My plan called for 8 miles at 11:25. I stopped at the park at mile 4 to eat some Fruit Buddies (recommended by Heather and seriously brilliant!) and refill my water bottle. I finished with an average pace of 11:17, so I was totally happy with that!
I know 8 miles isn't technically a long run, and in the past I could have run this at a much faster pace, but it's the farthest I've gone in a long time, and it was a huge confidence booster. I was concerned about doing it alone and motivating myself, especially with the weather we've been having, but it ended up being amazing.
|On my route home I caught a little graffiti that cheered me on!|
I felt strong the entire time, and I think I'm finally getting used to the humidity. It got a little steamy once the sun came up, but by then I only had 1.5 miles to go and I just gutted it out and finished with mile 8 being my fastest of the run.
And I gotta tell you, it was fantastic to jump into my very own pool the minute I got home!
This weekend is going to be a whirlwind. I'm so glad my training for the week is taken care of so I don't have to stress about fitting runs in with all the traveling I'll be doing.
How has your training been this week?
Do you have a long-run scheduled for this weekend?
What do you consider officially a "long" run?