My longest run ever!!
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Now that I am officially registered for my first Half Marathon in September I have been thinking about true blue training. Now that I have been serious about it and running with a purpose I have a much better understanding the difference between the training runs. My schedule this week started with an LSD (outside) last Sunday for a total of 6.42 miles with an av pace of 12:40, Wednesday was what I consider my tempo run (outside) and that one was at my race pace and I actually ran a 5k in record time and that run was 4 miles with an av pace of 11:33. Friday I ran on the treadmill just to build mileage at an easy pace and that one was 5 miles. I did a great job of getting my scheduled running ST along with core work through the week and did not miss one workout. Yay me!
That brings me to today’s run and that was scheduled LSD and I was able to run it outside with my beloved Garmin. Since my long runs are extending beyond an hour I decided I had better take some fuel with me and I am glad I did. I also trucked a little bottle of water with me to wash down the Gu Chomps (experimenting). I hydrated well before the run so I didn’t haul a huge bottle of water with me.
I have also been pondering which training method I was going to use and after today’s run I decided to follow Jeff Galloway’s interval running. I dusted off my Gymboss and set it for 4:00/0:30 run/walk intervals and it actually felt perfect all through the run. It made the time go fast and I seriously could have run beyond my time and mileage but I know better.
With all of that out of the way, here are the stats of today’s long run:
Mile 1: 11:50 av pace
Mile 2: 12:03 av pace
Mile 3: 12:22 av pace
Mile 4: 12: 39 av pace
Mile 5: 12:48 av pace
Mile 6: 13:22 av pace
Mile 7: 12:57 av pace
Yep folks, that is a 7.40 mile run and it is my longest ever!! I burned 664 calories and this took me 1:33:33 for an av pace of 12:37. I am very proud of this run and felt so strong throughout ALTHOUGH I could tell after 50 minutes that I needed fuel. I had Gu Chomps on hand as I picked up several brands in various forms to try and see what I like. The Chomps were too big and they got stuck in my teeth but they did the job.
It is truly amazing how my body is responding to all of the running ST and Candi the PT was so right on the money when she said my endurance would go through the roof. It has and I just marvel with what my body can do now. I also feel very blessed with having my very knowledgeable and supportive Spark friends to guide me along my journey. Thank you so much and all of you know who you are!!!
Now, it’s a new week with a new running schedule and I shall continue on!!