Hi all! This week I got my runs in on Monday and Wednesday.
Monday I ran at 5am with my new running buddy. I've been looking for someone who will meet me so early (on a consistent basis). I'm very grateful for someone to talk with so early. This is my "sure fire" way to get me out there. I know that if someone is waiting for me I WILL make it out no matter what I feel like when I first get up in the morning. We ran at least 4 miles. It felt really good and I'm pleased with the effort and the result.
Wednesday I ran by myself. I had 40-60 minutes on the schedule. I decided to do 6.2 miles which took slightly longer than the 60 minutes, but I did a 10K in about 1:06 minutes. I wasn't trying to break any time goals or anything. It was a relaxed run.
Friday I had intended to do a 8.5 mile "moon run" near the Bird in Hand half marathon course. I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wanted to do this, but had 12.5 miles on the schedule and I live an hour away from this run. It would have been super cool and I would have met some neat people (some of them were notable cool people). The complicating factor would have been that I need to get at least 4 extra miles in before the run. I don't know the area (other than running the race last year). I decided against it.
Saturday, this morning, I woke up just before 5am (which is technically sleeping in for me as I try to get up at 4:00am or 4:30am on the weekdays. Who would have ever thought that 5am would be sleeping in... Anyway, I got all my running gear ready (water, etc) and headed out the door. I decided to run most of the Harrisburg Half marathon course since that's the typical place I run. I did the entire run in just over 2:30. This was by design as my e-coach Chris (and Jeff Galloway) believes that it is important that we run slower for long runs. My target pace was 12:00 min miles. I was just every so slightly faster than that.
I was walking around Giant today getting our groceries for the week and I was almost feeling guilty for how amazing my legs feel after the run. Thank you +Jeff Galloway
The only major thing that I would change is my nutrition. Fortunately this did not impact me in a huge way on the run, but I did not fuel before the run and I had no gels for during the run. All I took in was water. Next time (in two weeks), I'll be more prepared.