Saturday, August 6, 2011
Today's long run is now finished! I started out just before the sun started to come up. I really hate running in the dark. It messes up my sense of balance or something, it's weird. Anyway, for today's run I decided to stick with what I've learned from my (faster) running friends. I set my Garmin to alert me at every 2 mile interval, at which point I would take a walking break for 1-2 minutes. Today this method seemed to work pretty well for me. I finished with an average pace of 11:38 min./mile, and that includes one walking break that lasted almost a half a mile (about 5 minutes) because I had hit that point right as I was ascending a giant hill and I opted to walk the whole thing rather than start running half way up. I wore my knee brace for the run, and though it helps, my knee was bothering me some at different times during my run. For the most part I feel like it was a successful long run. Next week I will be doing a 22 miler with the same group of friends as last week, then I will begin my taper for the marathon. Only 4 weeks to go! Oh, I also did about 10 minutes of Pilates to cool down and stretch, although I feel like I should do more right now. My hamstrings are feeling super tight.