Today was officially the longest run I have ever completed. Here are the stats…
Distance: 21.68 miles
Average Pace: 8:01 per mile
Highlights: This honestly might have been the best long run I have ever had. I felt well rested, motivated, nervous, and excited all at the same time. I am always a little nervous before my long runs, but it is sort of a nervous/excited feeling. It is hard to explain.
I ran my run with negative splits, meaning that I ran the second half faster than the first half. I am trying to get in the habit of this to conserve energy for the later stages. The first 10 miles were around an 8:10-8:15 pace while the second half was under 8:00. I felt strong and relaxed pretty much the whole time.
The hardest part was dealing with the heat. I felt pretty crappy around mile 18, but I toughed it out and actually finished pretty strong. I think I was just dehydrated; even though I was sucking down water, I still don’t think I took in enough fluids. It is really hard to carry enough water on these longer runs. At least there will be water stops at the marathon.
After I coasted in, I took an ice bath while drinking my recovery smoothie. My last ice bath was hell, but I think I am finally starting to get used to it. It actually felt GOOD after running for 3 hours in that heat. Let’s look on the bright side, if it is hot in Chicago, I will have an advantage over most of the competitors. I was talking to my dad and he said it could be anywhere from 40-80 degrees in October. The weather is really weird that during that time of year. He would know best after living there for 40 years!
I am off to relax this afternoon. I have my first session of training for my job tonight from 5-10. I am looking forward to start making some money and meeting my coworkers. At least there will be free Mellow Mushroom!
I will be posting a weekly run down either today or tomorrow. My running log is a few weeks behind because I was out of town and busy. Hopefully I can get it updated soon.