Well I guess the third time is the charm. This run was originally supposed to be my Sunday (yesterday) long run. But since Katie and I were going to Niagara, I talked to my coach and we agreed to bump it to Saturday morning before we left… But that didn’t happen. So here we are, Monday afternoon, and I finally did last week’s long run.
According to my coach, I was supposed to run for 90-minutes—with no regard for distance— at “10:00/mile pace… or slower.” I pretty well nailed that requirement, clocking in at 88-minutes and 14 seconds at 10:11/mile. Definitely my longest run of the year and at a pace notably slower than last year’s Detroit Free Press Half Marathon. But hey, it’s base building so slow is good. Slow is purposeful.
Perhaps the biggest upside was the massive calorie burn after a weekend of massive calorie intake. I suppose I should weigh-in tomorrow to see just how I’m holding up (or most likely, slipping back) from last week’s progress toward my weight loss goals.
OH! And quick fun anecdote from the road: As I turned onto Livernois along my eighth mile, I pass a woman in quintessential mom jean capris shouting as she walked.What was she shouting? (caps to match the mood, “I’M CSI! I’M A BADASS LITTLE BITCH! I SEE THINGS, BUT I CAN KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT!” So that was fun.
Otherwise, the run was wonderfully uneventful. A nice little rain along mile one that led to a quick stop at the liquor store to borrow a plastic bag to protect my phone. A couple quick stops to adjust my laces. The middle miles felt the best, but overall nothing was all that bad. Feeling a little sore now, but nothing too bad.
Back at it for a track workout tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM. Yeesh. Less than 12 hours between a long run and a track workout. Keep those calories burning.