Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday Five: XXXIII

For this week's Friday Five, I want to focus solely on my long run from last weekend. It was the first run of this cycle up over the half distance, so it deserves it.
1. My total distance running last Saturday was 14 miles. And then I had to walk it back in to my house. I did not dread running that length. I feel like this is progress.

2. I was scheduled to run 7 of those 14 miles at marathon-ish pace. Coach Jen had me running those miles at 8:00-8:15. Yeah... didn't happen. See below.

3. Instead of running 7 miles at 8-815, I ran 12 miles a good bit faster than that. Splits were as follows:
Mile 1 - 8:25
Mile 2 - 8:25
Mile 3 - 8:13
Mile 4 - 7:56
Mile 5 - 7:48
Mile 6 - 7:48
Mile 7 - 7:39
Mile 8 - 7:43
Mile 9 - 7:37
Mile 10 - 7:46
Mile 11 - 7:34
Mile 12 - 7:47
Mile 13 - 7:49
Mile 14 - 7:48
So yeah... Hot.

4. Tomorrow I am kicking it up two more miles to 16. I think that it I am more than ready for that. I am psyched for this training cycle, still, and thank goodness for that. I am happy to have that mental strength going on.

5. I just ran little loops in my neighborhood for this run. I am not sure why it was not super boring or exhausting, but it wasn't, and I made it work. And I honestly think I can and will do it again.

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