Man am I tired! It has been a looonnnggg week, between racing Sunday, a great Interval Workout on Monday, going up to see Dad, the snow storm, my fantastic 5K time trial Wednesday, with everything going on, it made me wonder how I would do on my 13+ mile long run today.
It was a colder run than I expected, but I dressed as well as possible for the conditions and got to try out some new gear, which did okay, but not exactly what I wanted for one thing. The wind was just enough to be a pain, but not really anything that I worried about. One thing that surprised me was that I was able to run without my gloves after 5.0 miles and they didn’t feel cold for the rest of the run. Usually my hands get cold really easy and stay that way, so that was something that was different.
Surprisingly, I had another great run for this time of year! I was scheduled for 8.0 miles of my long run at an 8:18 pace. While this is not a race pace, it is still a challenging pace for me to maintain. So how did I do:
I was shocked that I was doing as well as I did through 8.0 miles, only one mile split that was over 8:18 during those miles, so I went ahead kept going to see how long I could keep the pace going (I know, but I had to do it). I was able to keep it going through 10.0 miles. However, I started to just run out of mojo going through Mt. Vernon Ave in Augusta (which is always a tough area for me to run) and never got it back, when I got on the rail trail.
I attribute part of this to not having any fuel at 9.0 miles, like I usually do. Now that I know that, I can plan to re-fuel appropriately during my long runs. However, it has also been a busy week and my body is pretty tired, so that had a little to do with it also.
The Superiors did a good job on the run, but my right Achilles started to bother a little between miles 7.0 and 8.0 miles and my right foot started to hurt a little after the 10.0 mile mark, both of which slowed me down a little. I need to use a different style of sock than I used today, but the calf sleeves worked great.
You know something though, I was pretty damn happy with this run! To run a 1:47:23 on training run, an 8:11 pace for 13.11 miles in March is well WOW!!! To say I am way ahead of where I was last year at this time is a complete understatement.
Looking at where I am this year compared to last year, really makes me realize the difference that a year of consistent training makes. Doing 10.0 miles at almost a 10:00 minute pace was hard for me last year and this year I am running 1:41 per mile faster pace for 13.11 miles and while I was tired, I wasn’t totally beat after the run.