That was a GREAT long run. Seriously. Like the best long run in a very long time (excluding my half obv). Since I’m so pumped up about this, it may read like a race report haha 🙂
I let myself sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep last night. Friday’s are generally a low-key night on my campus; Thursday and Saturday being the hard-core partying. So I went to the campus theater which was playing Terminator: Salvation. And even though I haven’t seen any of the other Terminator movies I really enjoyed it. Doesn’t hurt that Christian Bale is mind blowingly hot. But the result was that I got a good night’s sleep and woke up this morning feeling ok. Still pretty tired from the week. It was also a morning where my bed was the most comfortable thing in the world. Love it.
The weather was iffy. According to weather.com it was supposed to rain all day. Well it’s about 1600 right now and the worst I’ve seen is some misting. But I didn’t know that at the time and spent most of the morning debating whether or not to go long today. About 1130 my breakfast had digested and I hit the road for a planned 11.5 with the option to do more if I was feeling it.
Apparently not only do I not know how to pace myself in races but I don’t know what paces actually feel like. I thought I was plodding along but when I got to mile 9 I looked at my watch and saw that I was going 30 seconds faster per mile than I planned! (And yes I can do mental math incredibly fast while running. Be jelly haha) It must have been the compliment Sarah paid me this morning by saying that I’m fast.
Now sometimes knowing what pace you’re going at alters what pace you finish at. I was stoked to be running fast, especially after having some slow ass runs this past week. The last 2.5 miles to finish up my route did feel like I was slowing down but my watch showed that I was going faster than the pace I held at mile 9. I mean, I guess my watch could be really old (it is) and slowing time down, making me seem faster than I am. Anyone know if digital watches do that? Well regardless I’m calling myself fast and the watch workable. Afterall, at the half my watch was deadon the clock time (adjusted for me hitting start a couple seconds after the gun went off).
In the back of my mind the whole run was the idea to go for 13. Don’t know why but I kind of got a bee in my bonnet (gosh did I really just use that expression?!) that 13 was where it was at. So I made a deal with myself that if I felt good I’d go for it. And clearly I was feeling good. The last 1.5 miles felt really good. Definitely think I could’ve gone further. Glad I didn’t as I don’t need these miles. Not for a good overall week, not for the 5k coming up. Plus I want to do 10 tmrw. Don’t know if that will actually happen or not.
Another great thing about my run today was the mental clarity I got. Not going to go into too much detail on here right now — too many things are up in the air at this point. But I got some perspective over many of these miles. The great thing about the long run is that I can tackle the same issue at many different points during the run. Something about putting one foot in front of the other repeatedly drives my brain to solve problems. Now, all my life plans aren’t worked out after that run but I have a great plan of where to start. Es muy bueno. C’est très bon.
Now I’ve got to start acting on everything. Lots to do to prep for this week — in addition to all my regular work. I’m talking to my advisers about everything so hopefully I will have something concrete to tell you later. I hate to keep y’all in the dark but everything is too shaky to commit something to actually words yet. And I don’t want to jinx myself.
And since I’m lame and still haven’t taken any new pictures yet to post here’s another one from my marathon