Long run Saturday. Last Long-long run of this training cycle. Holy crap. Relief and panic all in one. SO freaking happy that this training cycle is coming to an end. I need a break. I am totally tired and ready to be done running a strict schedule. Panicking because I only have 3 more weeks and I feel like I possibly can’t be ready yet (hello taper crazies…already).
The start of my run was colder than expected.
I started around 6:45 and really loved running as the sun was coming up. It was a little cooler than anticipated but it felt SO much like fall that I didn’t even care.
I had a hard workout yesterday. And today I was freaking out a little. I mean, 8 hill sprints and less than 24 hours later I had to do my long run? Oh, and this time I was running the whole thing alone. Last weekend I had a friend join at mile 10 and I was really worried that I would bitch out since I was alone.
I had a goal in my head…. to complete my run with a pace of 8:30 or less. I ran the top part of the race course. My coach planned for me to run 2:40 to 2:50. I figured I would try for 22 miles even if I ran a little longer.
What actually happened? I didn’t hate it. Around mile 6 I threw on some tunes. Miss Nicki Minaj got me through most of the run. And I ran the entire time. I ran at a pace that wasn’t easy by any means but I also didn’t feel like I was sprinting either.
I finished 20.0 miles in 2:48. Average pace 8:25. I was pretty happy with that! A little disappointed I didn’t run a tad faster but I accomplished my goal time. I figure that if I can run that pace on already tired legs, then I am pumped to see what I can do with rested legs!
Seriously. One egg scrambled. bacon. One chocolate chip pancake. Delicious.
The rest of my afternoon was spent at a bridal shower for a friend of mine that I have know forever. She is having a New Years Eve wedding and I am sure it is going to be absolutely fabulous. I can’t wait.
I went for a nice and easy 20 minute walk/run just a little while ago. Hopefully that helped my sore muscles and tomorrow I will feel good as new 🙂 Now an exciting Friday night with my computer and sweats!
Have you ever surprised yourself with a run where you ended up doing better than expected?