Wowsers! This is the quickest I've blogged after my long run EVER! Jenn and I just finished running 10 miles. It's starting to become quite a long distance, and I end up seeing a lot of countryside on my runs. Today felt like tour of Berrien County by foot.
We picked a route that had some mystery road that we had never run before. It also included a lot of road that we knew pretty well. I always like road that I am familiar with and know what to expect. This route didn't seem to have many hills and change in elevation, although the hills were pretty rough.
Here's a picture of the route with the elevation:
With a week of "recovery," I wasn't sure what to expect. Kevin Neumann, from Ironman by Thirty, commented on a post last week. He wondered if today's run would be really good because this last week was really a recovery week. Well, Kevin...it was a pretty good run.
The first few miles were really sweet! I decided to just run according to how I felt. If that was faster than my goal, no problem. My goal for the run was to average 9:00 min/miles. Everything felt great, and the miles were ticking by. The new scenery was really sweet and kept my mind occupied. I decided to NOT run with an ipod again and suck it up. Today was much better than last long run where I had a difficult time fighting my mind to keep going. I didn't struggle much at all with the mind games. At mile 7, my overall average was looking good, but with 3 miles left, I was having a hard time keeping the average below 9:00 min/miles. That was my goal for the last 3 miles. At one point, I about peed my pants when a little black dog suddenly showed up and started running with me. It was actually nice company to finish the run with.
The final outcome of run was pretty awesome, if you ask me. I am pretty stocked about it. I ran 10 miles with an average of 8:34 min/mile! Today makes me feel pretty confident about doing the Holy Half in under 2 hours. Jenn did well too, although it was a harder day for her. She's pretty awesome to be cranking out the miles too.