Saturdays mornings are reserved for long distance runs when I am training for a race. This morning marked my first run longer then 8 miles since the Chicago Marathon last October with an easy 14 at 8 minute pace.
Long runs are workout I look forward to most. The first long run of my program is always a bit of a hot-mess, and I typically feel rusty. Today was not different. For some odd reason it took me a whopping 5 miles to get into some type of rhythm, but even after I still felt slightly off my game. Maybe it was my Garmin acting up again and not picking up my signal for the first half mile or maybe it was the fact that the lakefront path was more crowded with runners then I'm used to. My muscles could have just been saying "what the hell" from the increased intensity of my strength training this week.
I'm really not used to training with a GPS. Doug got me the best Christmas gift ever this year, a Garmin Forerunner 110. I picked up running at a young age and have always been able to gauge my pace and distance fairly well, having an accurate tool of measurement on my runs is a who new world to me. No more guesstimation. I caught myself constantly looking at the watch and reminding myself that I need to slow down. After a bit more time with this watch I'm sure we will be the bestest of friends and spend loads of quality time together, but first we still need to work out some kinks.
My watch died at about the 13th mile, and at that point I finally figured out the reason my run was going so a rye. Crazy me wasted so much of my energy trying to bargain with the watch and figure out how to ease up on the pace. A blessing in disguise was to run the last mile based on feel, so I booked it in and left the run feeling great.
The best part of a long run is the meal that awaits. I made breakfast burritos with eggs, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and a boatload of avocado in a tortilla. It was delish.
I have missed the feeling my legs have after a long run, it is a wonderful sign that my body is gaining strength and that my goals have been met for the day.
On to week 2.