The title says it all.
I had my long run scheduled on Saturday and since my half marathon training run a couple weeks ago, I wanted to try and up the mileage. Wasn't sure exactly how far I wanted to go over the 13 mile mark, then I read Kristina's post over at Blog About Running. She was scheduled for 15 miles on Saturday so I thought I would throw down 15 miles as well.
I planned an out and back route directly from my house which would put me on the road for about 4 miles then I could hit one of the canal trails for the additional 3.5 miles before turning around. The entire run would be pretty flat giving me a good indication of where my fitness level is right now. I hit the road about 4am and the weather was great, I was looking at about 85 degrees and low humidity. Headed into the run, the plan was to break the run up into 5 mile parts and this really worked out well for me.
Overall it was a fantastic run, and here are the results from my Garmin:
The weather cooperated for the entire run. I was able to beat the sun and even got this great view in the last two miles as I was closing out the run.
Here are a few take aways from this run:
1) Fueling - I forgot to purchase some gel shots last Thursday when we were at the running store so I didnt have any for my run. These make a huge difference towards the end of the run when you are running out of gas. I'll make sure to have some for all my future long runs.
2) Hydration - I have been hydrating pretty well and my pack provided me plenty of water throughout the run. At this point I am going to keep increasing milage to check what the breaking point is for my water pack.
3) Music - As this was going to be my longest run to date, I brought my headphones along just in case I needed some assitance later in the run. This was HUGE!! About mile 9 I threw in the headphones, cranked the music, and zoned out. Really helped me get to the 13 mile mark where I could push for the final 2 miles.
4) Fitness Level - I am starting to see that my comfort spot is right around 8:30 min/mile. I am able to keep that at a steady pace for long periods during these runs. Of course I had a few pit stops which jumped my average pace above 9 min/mile but I am feeling really good about where my fitness level is right now.
5) Elevation Gain - At this point I am a huge believer in elevation gain. Adding hills to my training runs is really getting my legs in shape and making me confident on these flat runs. I am looking forward to our upcoming races to see what I can do when I really push with the competition.
When was your last long run? Do you have a comfortable pace that you can hold during those longer distances??
Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!