Falling in Love with the Long Run

The weather has been somewhat cooperative over the last week so I was able to do not one, but two runs outside! I’ve been running outside for the easy days so I can slowly get back into hills. Where I live is super hilly, I don’t want to get injured since i’ve been basically on no incline on a treadmill since December. Gotta keep those IT bands happy.

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From Friday–i felt like a ninja

Sunday I started my morning with a glass of water, followed by my pre run rituals, coffee, a Honey Stinger Waffle & a quick look at the day’s plan.

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I set out to run 12 miles, at a slow steady pace. I was shooting for 9:00-9:20/pace. ┬áThe last couple long runs have had some form of speed work tossed in (one week a 5k effort, the next a 10k). Sunday, I needed to give my body a break and keep the pace an honest easy. When I’m not caught up on running at certain pace, I can focus on so many other things that make me love running and LOVE the long run.

I could focus on my form, footfall, breathing, my bare legs feeling free, and how grateful I am for being able to do this.

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I could also focus on Serial..that podcast is getting the best of me. I have one more episode then the courtroom updates! I listened to 2 1/2 episodes during this run haha. OH and about 20 seconds after I took the picture above, it down poured! I had to run the final 3 miles in cold rain. It was fun until the last mile when I couldn’t feel my hands or see and was worried my phone would break, but after a hot shower, breakfast and of course more coffee, I was happy and extremely satisfied. I’m looking forward to next Saturday when I can do another long run. I love them!

Last Week

Monday: 4.1m easy 9:30/pace

Tuesday: 8m Combo Workout (2m warm up, 3m @ 7:00/pace, 4 x 2:00 @ 6:18/pace, 1m cool down)

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 5m easy 9:15/pace, 10 min core

Friday: 7m tempo workout (1m warm up, 5m @ 7:57 marathon pace, 1m cooldown)

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 12m long/easy 9:08/pace

Total Miles: 36.1

What makes you love going long?

What should I listen to after Serial?–I already need something else!