Today was my longest run to date – and I’m feeling fantastico & positive and all that great stuff that endorphins do for you!
The day did not start auspiciously. I didn’t sleep well – and think I ate something last night that disagreed with me, because I was nauseated for a long time before bed last night. This morning, I was going to make coffee, but we only had whole bean and a) I didn’t know where the grinder was and b) haven’t made whole bean coffee in about 70 years & couldn’t remember how.
BUT – I live in Portland. There is coffee. So, I headed to downtown (of my neighborhood) and both places I was going to go were not yet open! BOOO! So, I ended up at Starbucks (booo). I ordered a medium coffee and plain bagel with peanut butter. I got a medium coffee (burned tasting, of course), a Hawaiian bagel and frozen almond butter. The bagel & almond butter were fine, and the coffee did have caffeine in it, so it was fine.
I really wasn’t sure how the run was going to go. I maybe fell down the other night, and am covered in bruises & feel like I twisted my left knee. I was not so enthusiastic. But I was doing it, dammit!
The Ambitious One was planning on 8-10 miles, and JM & I were going for 16 (although my marathon is two weeks earlier than hers, she’s been matching all my long run mileage, because she is super, duper awesome.
At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was going to do the entire 16. I really wanted a minimum of 14, so I could have at least 30 miles this week, but man, I did not feel like running for 3+ hours.
Miles 1-10, done with my girls:
Mile 1 – 11:32
Mile 2- 11:06
Mile 3- 11:50
Mile 4- 12:30
Mile 5- 12:07
Mile 6- 11:02
Mile 7- 11:25
Mile 8- 13:11
Mile 9- 11:16
Total, first 10 – 1:57:04; 11:42 pace
Then, I said good-bye to my friends & headed back out for my solo portion. I was so glad to have had company for the first 10 miles!
Miles 11-16 were HARD!
Mile 11- 11:05
Mile 12- 11:04
Mile 13- 11:11
Mile 14- 12:27
Mile 15- 11:50
Mile 16- 10:57 (I was ready to be done)
Last 6 miles- 1:08:34 (11:25 pace)
Total, 16 miles, 3:05:24 (11:38 average pace).
This is a little slower than my long run goal pace (b/w 11 & 11:30 pace, with an emphasis on 11), but I’ll take it! Readers! I ran 16 miles! That’s a long ways!
So – thanks to my running buddies -so glad I have you!