For this week's long run I ran the same 8 mile route as last week, only 7 minutes faster. In all honestly last week's run was a bummer of a run, so I wasn't surprised this week was better. Both weeks had about the same weather (80 degrees with 90% humidity), but last week I wasn't sleeping well and I didn't feel well hydrated at the start, and that translated to an icky run. It's amazing how your performance changes when you body is prepared. That, and I had a few cups of super strong coffee before this week's run, so maybe I was a bit juiced. I did managed to eat a whopping 2 Sport beans at mile 4 and I'm sure that had something to do with it. I am a fueling goddess.
I felt good this week and much stronger. I also felt like I could maintain a nice rhythm (unlike last week when I felt like I was going backwards). I ran Garmin free as my honey borrowed it to take out on his run. I enjoy running without a watch occasionally because then I don't fixate on my pace. Being that it was a long run and in theory supposed to be LSD, I just wanted to run happy and finish the miles. Instead, my legs wanted to push a little.
How do you handle keeping the pace low on long days when you body feels ready to push? Do you let yourself push late if you still have the energy?
Miles: 72 miles
Races: Bootlegger Half Marathon
Current Gear Want: The Stick
Current Gear Need: New running sneakers
Current Project: Overhauling the blog (what do you think so far?)
Things I am excited for next month: Peachtree Road Race! My race flare is ready.
Another good month in the books! Summer's heat has descended on the city, but my running hasn't suffered too much. My hydration pack has just become an essential part of any outdoor run. Legs and fitness are feeling good and I am ready to start marathon training in 2 weeks!
How did your month finish up?