In keeping with my unintentional week of firsts theme last week, I decided I might as well push my luck a little further and attempt to tackle a new distance for my long run this weekend. After all, we are quickly approaching December and I’m pretty sure my days of comfortable-ish morning temperatures are numbered.
At 6am on Saturday it was in the low 40’s, so not too terrible. I started out with a 14 mile route on my mind and from the beginning everything was feeling good. I made it my mission to go out slow, take my time, relax and not look at my watch. I had a little over 2 hours to work with and going by my previous half marathon paces, I should have enough time to shower and get myself together before my husband went off to work for the day.
I wish I could regale you with a tale of the beautiful wildlife I saw or how I fell on my face again, but neither of those things happened and the whole run was rather uninteresting. I was feeling quite good until I took a quick Gu break during mile 9 and realized that my legs were a little like lead, which was just great because the biggest hill of the day was coming up. I made it up in one piece, but I felt like I was going SO. SLOW. Not that it really mattered. I just didn’t want to run out of time.
One thing that set this run apart from the others was that around mile 12 I got a mysterious second wind. Usually by mile 12 I’m starting to feel like I’m going to keel over. As I stopped my watch, I mused about how training must be paying off if I was getting bursts of energy that late in the game…and then I looked at my splits:
HOLY MOLY. I thought my watch had to be lying. Speed training Tuesdays MUST be making a difference if an 8:18 mile feels slow!
My time for the day along with a new long distance record! (And a new personal best half marathon time at 1:46:37!)
I have an 8K this Sunday that I want to rest my legs for, so Saturday I’ll be skipping my long run altogether. Not gonna lie…I’m a little excited about the prospect of staying up late on Friday night, drinking wine, and putting up our Christmas decorations!
Did you run this weekend? How far did you go? What is your longest run ever? Have you put up your holiday decorations yet?
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!