Saturday Long Run Review

So my long run on Saturday... it was a rough one. I mean, I am going to go right out there and say, yes, I hit all of my paces. So I have a tough time saying that it was not a good run. But it did not feel great. I made some poor dinner choices the night before because we decided to go out. I used to be able to get away with that (I think to the Vegas half that I ran when newly pregnant. I had wings about an hour prior to that race!) But apparently, my body has decided that is not the way that it works anymore. Boo!

So Jen put another 14 mile run on the schedule for last Saturday, but instead of just running like I had the previous weekend, there were recommended progressive paces to start to hone in on an actual plan for the marathon. I definitely am going to need to work on holding back earlier, since busting out a few sub-8 miles in Columbus might have led to my demise in the later miles. Jen is definitely trying to help me work on that, so I am with her on that one! 

So the plan was as follows for this 14 mile progressive run.

5 miles @ 8:30
5 miles @ 8:10
4 miles @ 7:55

After getting up at 5:30 and enjoying a cup of coffee and a picky bar (smooth caffeinator) I headed out. My first mile was a little bit slow (8:34), but I was able to pick it up and hit the next few right on (8:29, 8:28, 8:31). After getting through the next mile, again, close to pace, I picked it up to run the next. I ran the first at 8:11, then 8:09. The next three were all 8:06.

I had to stop in there in those first ten and use the restroom a few times. That stunk, but as the sweat poured down my arms (that seems to happen to me, when I stop, my sweat just pours down my arms) I knew that at least I was hitting my goals. Bathroom breaks could happen on race day. It is possible. So maybe I need to continue to tool with my diet to really find out what is going to work for me in the long run. (haha! ON the long run??)

I, mistakenly, again, did not take an fuel with me. I skipped that last week too. Darn it. I really need to start working on that. This is going to be the biggest part of my game that I need to work on. I have pretty much sucked at it all of these years, so I am going to need to work on it.

I did finish up the last 4 miles on pace, maybe even a touch faster than the 7:55. Despite being well overheated and having PLENTY of tummy troubles, I ran 14.1 miles in 1:55:24 for an average pace of 8:11. I did the math and it looks like I should have done it in JUST over 8:12 per mile, or run it in basically 1:55 even for the 14 miles. So... with 16 on the plan this weekend, I am hopefully ready to take things up a notch. Cross your fingers.


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