Puttin' In The Distance
With that being said, I had to get my long run in this morning, and the weather could not have been better. As I took off a little after 7:30am the thermometer at our house read +15C, it was sunny, and no wind to speak of. The plan I came up with for my marathon training called for an easy 14km, but I had a mind to run a bit longer if I felt up to it. After all, I was going to go slow and my body needs to get used to staying out there for long periods of time. Now, I realize that the distance I ended up running is not that long, but one has to start somewhere.
I kept a nice even pace and even let a couple of middle-aged women pass me at one point without letting my ego get the better of me and send me into a faster-than-necessary pace. I also spotted a little bunny rabbit at one point, and at another nearly stomped on a chipmunk that run directly in front of me. Cool!
In the end I managed to run 16km in 1:35:01 for an average pace of 5:56/km (9:33/mile). My average heart rate was 141bpm, though the last five or six kilometres spiked it up a bit as my muscles started running out of glycogen stores. (Ha! Look at me talking the lingo like I have any clue what it all means!) I purposefully did not take any Gatorade with me on this run because I want to train my body to run past the point at which my muscles are completely out of energy reserves. When I start going out for much longer runs this will not be possible, but for now I like the hassle free running that carrying nothing affords.
And on a last note, this run puts me over the 500km mark for the year! Also, I hit 41km for the week, which ties the longest I've ever run in a one week period. This record should be broken many times over the next fifteen weeks as I head toward my first marathon at the end of September.
Garmin don't lie.