Oh Happy, happy, HAPPY long run day!
Yes folks, today was the day. I ran longer (not necessarily farther) than I had in an ENTIRE year!!!!! See, wonders never cease.
I’ve been down on my running lately, but set out this morning with a very specific goal: 1 ½ hour run. No mileage goal – just time. I get way too stuck on how far I am going, or rather…how far I am NOT going…and then I get frustrated and go home. So today’s goal was entirely time related – and it worked so well, I am thinking that all my long runs will be time-oriented for the next couple months until Big Sur.
The last time I ran an hour and a half was September 2, 2006. I finished the almost 8 miles of the B2B 12K in just about 96 minutes. It was my longest run ever.
Since then, I have been a slacker. My longest run since that time was 5 miles.
Today I ran the 90 minutes, and am totally, happily oblivious to how far I actually went. The purpose was to keep myself MOVING. I did not do run/walk intervals…instead just kept a slow running pace and walked when I needed to (which mostly consisted of water breaks).
And the amazing part – I FELT GREAT!!! The first couple miles are always the roughest on me…it takes me quite a while to warm up. After about 45 minutes or so today, I was feeling fantastic…….even despite this ridiculous heat here in hell where I live.
I decided to try some of the trails around my house, which is something I usually don’t do since it’s usually dark when I run. But today, in daylight, they worked great. And the other great key is that once you get on these trails – you can’t get off until the next mile! Keeps me from taking a short cut! :)
I ran past a dairy farm – a portion of which had cows literally 2 feet from where I was running. As I came up, one started to walk along the fence with me, as if trying to come along! You will all be happy to know, that yes….even the Pokey was able to out run a cow! LOL!
It was a great run, filled with different sights and sounds….and renewed my faith in running…and in myself. I need more runs like today.
In the next month and a half, I need to add a half hour…or ideally, an hour…to my running time, and I have no doubts I can finish Big Sur. Oh Happy Long Run Day!!
It sure wasn’t as noteworthy as Pat’s 9-miler, but it was definitely some major progress.
Now……..some questions also occurred to me today as I was running – regarding nutrition and fluid intake for Big Sur. I read somewhere once, I think…that only runs over 90 minutes require any intake other than water.
Is this right?
What types of pick-me-up foods should I start trying before then? I know all about the gels, etc….but have just never had a need for them since my runs have been so short.