“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”
This week has been an amazing running week for me. I ran a total of 58K (36 miles) and on Sunday I ran 27K (16.8 miles) my longest distance to date. I felt in control and I'm extremely pleased with my average pace (7:05/km or 11:35/mile). Here's how it went...
The first 8K were done on the bike trail near my home and on the way back, we saw what looked to be close to 100 hot air balloons in the sky over the field to our left. It was magical! Unfortunately, I didn't have the camera, but when we got back to our place, there was one of them landing nearby and Uber H went and got a picture.
One of many!
What a great way to start my longest run to date...UberH left me at this point and off I went, back around the neighborhood and then down by the river, which is a slight downhill and such fun (although of course you realise that means when I'm on the home stretch, I'm going uphill, which makes me feel strong)...then it's the long way towards the Fort before heading for a neighboring town and back. Now a few points from this long run:
- It's great that there are lots of water spots in the summer.
- I wore my ice necklace - it was very humid.
- There were thunderstorm warnings, but the weather stayed beautiful.
- I took three gels and three ediscs (lemon flavored salt tablets)
- I started off nice and slow, but then my pace increased and stabilized, it felt comfortable.
- I ran using a 5/1 ratio and it felt perfect for me.
- I got some blisters on both feet.
- I think I need a second pair of shoes a 1/2 size bigger for long runs. My Mizuno's are actually already a 1/2 size bigger than I normally get, but I have a feeling they're made small.
- Lots of chafing under my breasts and under the shoulder strap (sorry if that's TMI men), this has been happening on all my long runs with my Juno bra. I love it, but I'm not sure it's working for me on these long runs.
- I felt occasional tightness under my right arch, nothing major. Today prevention with a tennis ball and ice.
Overall, I'm really pleased and hope that the next long one goes just as well, without the blisters and chafing :)
Have a great week everyone!