|Post-run with that oh so special sweaty glow!|
My training plan called for an 8-9 mile long run for this week. I am very happy to report that I completed my long run of 8 miles this morning. I haven't run that distance since July 3rd! It wasn't pretty but I covered the distance. My goal was to not worry about the pace and just get the distance done.
I got the run started at 6:45 and headed out along a local half marathon course. My original plan was to do an out and back to the four mile mark on the course to get to 8. Along the way I decided I just couldn't fathom returning along the same route. Occasionally there was a nice breeze but for the most part the sun and temps were tough. I altered the course and just stayed on the half marathon course. It worked out really well and my run ended in front of our new splash pad. The water jets were turned on so I dunked my head in one of the jets to start cooling off. My pace was about a minute slower than I would like but it wasn't too bad given my lack of consistent long runs. Building my running base is not as easy as building a base for swimming and cycling and I really have to focus on getting these long runs done for the next 8 weeks.
On deck for tomorrow, is a 40 mile bike ride followed by a short run. I'm meeting up with some friends at a local Military park that was the site of a civil war battle. There is a loop within the park that is around 7 miles long and includes a climb for every loop. I've never ridden out there so I'm looking forward to some new scenery.