Yesterday’s run went well. It was a bit tough since I had run so late on Friday, but not too bad. No walls which is good and since I ran early in the day, it was cooler.
I have been really trying to follow my virtual coach’s instructions on my run (from the iSmoothRun app). I think this will be a huge help in my marathon. I have issues with starting too fast and then burning out quickly. Since I have been using it the past two days, I not only start slower, but I keep a fairly consistent pace throughout my run. This has helped me conserve energy and be able to finish much stronger than I used to.
Today will be a good test. I am going for my long run of 13 miles (TJ did 21 yesterday – wow!). I am going to do the first mile slow to warm up (especially my achilles) and then try to keep about a 9:30 mile. That has been my pace as the heat has hit. I did get up early so that I can get my run in while it is still the cool of the day, but in the South, mornings can be hot even before sunrise.
Anyway, I will use my virtual coach today and see how it goes. I hope to finish my 13 miles feeling good and get my confidence up for longer long runs as our marathon is just 12 weeks away.
On a side note, the cooling shirt that TJ got me for Father’s day that I was so excited to use for the first time on my long run was way too small. Very strange as I got a large. It wasn’t even a comfortable tight. So I’ll take it back today and hope they have an extra large. I am disappointed, but at least I am running most of my run before the heat kicks in.
Happy Fathers Day to all you dads. Go for a run and everyone have a GREAT DAY!!!