I had a fun run this morning which capped off a pretty good running week. Monday was not so great, but after that, the rest of the week worked according to plan.
Wednesday I just had a 2.5 mile tempo run. I was about 10 seconds faster than my goal pace. Thursday was a 4 mile recovery run. I ran it too fast–about 1.5 minutes per mile too fast. I don’t feel like I suffered for it.
Today I had a 9 mile long run. For me, anything 8 miles and over is a great long run. Up to that point, it is just a run (some people need 16+ miles to call it a long run). I only have an 8 mile course well marked out. Anything longer than that I just guess at and hope I get close to my distance. Today I wanted to go down a certain street so that I could tack on the extra distance I needed. I ended up turning 1 block too late and added 1.28 miles to my 8 mile course instead of just 1 mile. No biggie.
Long runs are supposed to be between 10:31 and 11:31 per mile. I ran it in 10:43. Right on target.
I ate my first Clif Bar today. It is one I have had in the cupboard for over 2 years. I am not sure what it was like originally, but it had the consistency of moist chalk today. I started eating it at mile 5 and it took me 3 miles to get it down. Good thing I had plenty of drink with me.
I felt pretty good after the run and it probably has to do with the Clif Bar. However, I was ready for my afternoon nap about 3 hours early today.
It was 81 degrees as I was out running this morning. I got started about 1 hour late.