I had 8 miles planned and was actually ready to go bright and early. Working on Saturday = a very early long run (it’s actually my usual time during the week, but there’s just something about having to wake up around 5am on a Saturday that doesn’t feel right)
My body and legs felt great. I fueled up with my typical half a bagel with PB and subbed the banana for homemade jam this time cause I was all out of bananas (mental note: pick up some bananas). Warmed up a bit in the house (dynamic stretching, jumping jacks, a few yoga poses, etc.), filled my camel back, grabbed my Gu and ipod, and headed out the door. The weather was nice and breezy – perfect for running! I opted to wear my thin long sleeve top cause it felt rather cooler than normal to me.
I focused on trying my best to pace myself on this long run. I absolutely STINK at pacing. I like to run with how I feel, but when I’m training for a PR I need to be smart and not give too much too soon – or in other words, practice for race day
With that said, I paid attention to how I was feeling and my pace. The route started out on a few unavoidable, rolling hills. Just enough to warm up the legs and not kill me
My routes around town all contain hills. They’re pretty much unavoidable unfortunately. Did I mention I really don’t like hills? Yea, I don’t get along with them too well. However, since I’m not a fan and they mostly kill my pace and hurt, I’m DETERMINED to conquer each and everyone until I get to the point that the biggest hill on my route becomes easy. It WILL happen
As for my pace, I’m concentrating on running my long runs at an easier pace rather than giving an all out effort or pushing myself too much (i.e injury).
As I weaved thru town, my breathing was good, legs felt great, and I cruised along. As I approached the biggest hill, I just kept saying to myself “You can do it. What goes up, must come down! Keep going!”
My pace slowed down a bit as my legs became heavy, but I pushed through and was extremely happy when the down hill came
All in all, it was a good run!
Mile 1: 9:39
Mile 2: 9:26
Mile 3: 9:32
Mile 4: 9:35
Mile 5: 9:23
Mile 6: 9:25
Mile 7: 9:17
Mile 8: 9:09
Total: 8.02 miles in 1:15 w/ an avg. pace of 9:26/mi
I’m happy I was able to slow my pace down just a bit and even pulled out negative splits at the end. It was definitely a great start to my Saturday before heading to work
Here’s to a successful training season!
In other news, Mom came home yesterday with TWO new toys!! For the kitchen that is …
Stay tuned for more fun with the new toys!
1. What’s your strategy for pacing yourself on long runs?
2. What’s your favorite kitchen gadget?