This weekend was back to normal with a Saturday morning long run. I realized it has been quite a while since I prepared for a long run from home with just me, it brought back memories of marathon training. Not sure I miss that.
While the temps were nice 67*, it was certainly warmer than what we have had recently, add in 97% humidity, and it was the perfect run to prepare for summer, I still can't decide if I prefer cold or hot running, I think 50* is ideal.
Long run was supposed to be 10 miles, with 7 @goal pace. Goal pace being my goal pace for gate which is kind of scary, but very doable. I gave myself a few back-off miles which helped tremendously, and overall I felt really good after this run.
11 miles- 1:37:33, 8:52 average pace
Mile 1- 9:26
Mile 2- 8:34
Mile 3- 8:31
Mile 4- 9:28
Mile 5- 8:47
Mile 6- 8:37
Mile 7- 8:11
Mile 8- 9:06
Mile 9- 8:31
Mile 10- 8:45
Mile 11- 9:37
So pretty much the most amazing long run I have ever done, actually, that had the makings of the most amazing half marathon I could have ever had if I had kept going. My goal pace for Gate is approx. 8:41, not that I've checked or anything, and while a couple miles were a little higher, I really can't complain about the performance I put up. I *hope* that another run like this this upcoming weekend will be enough to give me a good race.
After my run I had to hit the road, I had a bridal shower to go to Saturday afternoon.
We celebrated this girl who is getting married in about 6 weeks. It was a St. Patrick's Day themed party, so I did my best to get into the spirit....