Sunday was our long run day. My goal was to do 13.1 miles in under a 9 minute mile. I did it.
It was tough!
I ran 13.14 miles in an 8.58 pace. I don’t know how, but it was a personal best for me. TJ ran 18 miles at a 7:18 pace – how does he do that??? I am totally amazed what he can do.
Now to a question. Why is it so hard for me to run in the morning? I guess it is because I run in the afternoon 5 days a week and only run in the morning on weekends. But this is crazy. At mile 3 of my long run, I felt like I’d been hit by a truck. My legs hurt, my hip hurt and I just wanted to stop. This was mile 3!!! I have been running 5-6 miles a day for a long time now and don’t have much of a problem doing that. I don’t know if it is the thought of going 13 miles that is my problem or if it is the fact I get up and eat some eggs and grits and then go out, but I have to figure this one out. Most races are in the morning and I don’t want to get into the middle of my half marathon and feel like I can’t go on. To be honest it was a miracle that I made the mileage yesterday. Most Sundays I try to run about 10 miles, but with the race coming up in 3 weeks I figured it would be a good day to give the full mileage a try.
It was a victory to finish under a 9 minute pace. And once again, TJ continues to amaze me. We’ve only been running about 10 months and he is burning it up on long run days.
Today is our off day. I am thankful for that. Then Tuesday it all starts over again.
I love running, but I don’t know why some days.