|Taken by Abby after I conquered my run.|
I was so happy, and also wanted to show off
my awesome new compression sleeves :)
I had a similar run two weeks ago, but 2 miles shorter, so only 8 were at marathon pace. That run went alright, but my "marathon" pace that I set in my head was around 7:45. I was able to finish it averaging that, but it was way too hard of an effort, and by the time I finished, the idea of running 10 more miles at that pace was insane.
I decided for this last Sunday's run to not push it as hard, so that when I finish, I'm not feeling like I've given everything I've got. The first 8 easy miles went by without a hitch and I was feeling good. I took two GUs with me and had the first one right before the faster stuff started. It was not easy managing this with my ski gloves on. Why was I wearing ski gloves? I'll get into the weather later on in this post. The first mile of the "marathon" pace I wanted to be in the 7:50 range to see how that felt. Well, it did not feel that great. I started that mile going up a hill, and then I turned into a head wind (This is the theme of this whole run) so when I was half way through it, I looked at my Garmin and realized I was pushing fairly hard to maintain an 8:10 pace. This was very disappointing, but I pressed on hoping I would get into it as the run progressed. After I turned again, out of the head wind, I started to speed up naturally and finished the first mile in just under 8:00 pace.
The second mile went a lot better. Now I started to feel more comfortable and was settling into what marathon pace should feel like. Not too easy, but still something I could maintain for a long while. That second mile I was cruising along at sub 7:40 yet my HR was below 160. This was great and I settled into a 7:40ish pace for the next couple miles, feeling awesome.
<Insert suspenseful music here>
I turned on to Hillsborough rd.
|Me running against this ridiculous head wind|
After I turned off of Hillsborough, I was able to return back to my 7:40ish pace and was still feeling strong. I was very happy at this point because I was running hard, but not giving it all. My last mile, I took in a bit harder and came in at 7:22, but still felt great. When the run was over, I was absolutely ecstatic! The weather was so miserable, about 28 degrees but with the wind it felt like the low teens and I had the most amazing run.
Just one last thing I wanted to tack on to the end of this. This was my first long run wearing these compression sleeves I picked up at Prinecton Running Co. and I just wanted to say I absolutely love them. I plan on wearing them for all of my long runs. I'm thinking about getting another pair as well, but they are pretty expensive at $40 a pop!