My long run day started off as most of them do. I got up at 6 to eat my pre-run snack. Today it was half of a banana and a spoonful of sunflower butter.
While I waited for my food to digest and for it to get light out, I played around on my computer reading blogs, catching up on email, and making a new food plan/grocery list spreadsheet (more on this in a different post). I really enjoy this early morning time before I go for my runs.
I wore pretty much the same thing today as I did last week. Hat, shirt, jacket, pants, and Green Silence shoes. I think it was around 40 degrees when I left the house.
I’m still trying to figure out the best way to carry water with me on long runs. Yesterday I wore my Camelbak on my easy 5 mile run. I wanted to try it out first on a short run just in case I didn’t like it. I actually thought it was a lot more comfortable than wearing a belt. So I tried it again today.
For the most part, the Camelbak was comfortable. It’s light and doesn’t bounce around very much. The straps loosened up during the last few miles and it started to bounce but I tightened the straps and then it was comfortable again. I think I will use the Camelbak again.
My coworker Duane met me for my run this morning. It’s great running with him because he is faster than I am so he helps me keep a faster pace than I would probably run at on my own. Sonny rode his bike while we were running. It’s fun having him hang out with us at random times during the run.
From this point on, I will be increasing my long run every other weekend by 2 miles. The other weekends I will decrease my long run. Last weekend I ran 12 miles and this weekend I decreased to 10 miles.
Today’s workout: 3 mile warm-up, 6 mile tempo, 1 mile cool-down. I was planning to stay at an 8 min/mile pace for the 6 mile tempo. I ended up running a little faster which was great.
8:40 – mile 1
8:45 – mile 2
8:25 – mile 3
8:02 – mile 4
7:58 – mile 5
7:46 – mile 6
7:51 – mile 7
7:38– mile 8
7:38– mile 9
8:56 – mile 10
8:47 – a little extra
Summary – 1:22:59 – 10.14 miles – 8:11 average pace
Even though this run was shorter than last week, it was hard!
And here are my oats.
Next weekend I’m running 14 miles. I’m nervous!