My long run was supposed to be on Sunday, but I was so tired from working 12.5 hours on Saturday that I decided to skip it. I decided to do some kettle bell exercises, which may have been a bad idea…
Ate a sandwich for breakfast and some coffee and headed to my new favorite place to go running. Each loop is 4 miles, which is great in case I need to get to my car. Sadly, I’m injury-prone.
Took an organic honey stinger, grabbed my Nathan handheld water bottle and headed out on my 16-mile run.
First 4 miles went great! The weather was cool (low 60’s) and very little humidity. Average pace 9:50/mile.
Back at my car after the first loop, stretched my legs, grabbed some Nuun and was back on my way.
Felt my pace slow down considerably. My legs were feeling heavy. Average pace 10:50/mile – so much for negative splits!!!
Mile 8, and half way done. Bathroom stop, fuel, go. On my third loop for miles 8-12 and kept my pace. May have seen a certain someone drive by, although I’m unsure because I refused to look, someone that I used to know…made sure I ran fast and looked good. 🙂 Average pace for that one mile: 8:25, for the whole loop, 11:04. I’m slowing down again.
Miles 12-16: the kettle bell exercises may have done me no good – my hamstrings hurt so bad!!! Mile 14: I could not deal with the pain, so I walked most of 14. I decided to start running again since once you start walking your body just feels worse. I made it to 16!
Back at my car, I downed some water and stretched for a bit, then drove to get my chocolate milk at the Wawa.
Once home, took a shower (I don’t have a tub, so I can’t take ice baths), then put on my compression socks, ordered dinner and watched movies on FiOS all night. Today I’m at work, limping but otherwise good.
16 is the longest run I’ve ever done. Once I ran 14, it was all mental. I started to walk a bit at mile 15 and a guy got up from his picnic table and encouraged me to run for 0.25 mile. Funny thing is, he’s a fellow RN! Very cool.
Plan for this week:
Monday: 16 miles – done.
Tuesday – rest.
Wednesday – 4 mile easy run ( indoors because I’m working).
Thursday – upper body/core workouts.
Friday – 8 mile run.
Saturday – Yoga
Sunday – 12 mile run.
It’s do hard fitting in runs/workouts with my schedule but I’m determined to do it.