Yesterday I had the type of run that makes me hopeful that I will be able to qualify for Boston in September in Pennsylvania.
Just a couple of weeks ago that I wrote how I struggled on my long run day (link). I did several things to fix my problem. I started getting up and drinking 32 oz (1000 ml) of water immediately. I then wait two hours before running. This seems to help me wake up and make sure I don’t have to stop my run to go to the bathroom. Also I eat eggs and a whole wheat bagel. One other thing I tried this week is moving my off day to Saturday. I always run better the day after an off day and so I thought I’d give that a try and see if it helped.
I ran the farthest and the fastest long run ever. Here are the stats from my run:
- 15 miles
- 2 hours 3 minutes
- 90 Avg Cadence
Wow, it was incredible! I ran differently from most of my runs. I worked on running relaxed. I let my legs run and by body go along for the ride. It really helped. By the time I reached the half way mark, I was still feeling good. I wasn’t tired and I wasn’t breathing hard. In fact, mile 13 was my fastest of the day at 7:58! My slowest was mile 1 at 8:57.
The weather was good also. It was in the mid 40s, no wind and sunny. It must have been close to 60 by the time I was through with my run.
All in all, it was a great day for running. The only issues were my knees hurt a little and my hip was not good after the run. I have to figure that one out if I want to keep up the mileage. Also I got blisters on the balls of my feet. That seems to happen on long runs no matter what socks I wear. Not sure the reason.
Today is another day. The one thing about running is each day you start over. Sometimes that is a good thing when you had a tough run. Sometimes it would be nice to just relive that great run for a few days, but that can’t happen.
For tomorrow, I asked my brother to write a guest post. I thought it would be nice to get his views on running as he ran a lot with my siblings and my dad during the marathon years that I missed.
Have a wonderful day and keep running. I’ll be back Wednesday!