Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Long Run

I think this morning's long run was the fastest ever. I did a 15 mile run in 132 minutes. Average HR was 138. It was a solo run that started at 5:20 am. I ran without the iPod for 65 minutes. Then I rocked out for the rest of the run. I went through 28 ounces of water and half a flask of Hammer Gel. I was uncomfortable for the first 20 minutes of the run but then locked in and never felt fatigued or uncomfortable. I was wary of this run after the four two-a-days from Friday through Monday. I totally rested yesterday... no weight lifting, stretching or anything. Got an ok night's sleep and then knocked out the run this morning. I have never run that distance that fast and in fact, my 13.1 mile run at Timberman last year was in about the same time zone.

The long run is so peaceful. It leaves me very serene. It is hard to describe in words the feeling after completing a long run early in the morning. Believe it or not, I can't wait to do it again. Next week... going for 18 miles and will probably take 150 - 170 minutes.

1 comment:

The Clyde said...

I like when your legs start to go numb around mile 13-14 or so. Run through the pain, and eventually it feels like you're just floating and you can run for ever.