9 miles to the Beach and Back
This morning I set out nervously on a run that was supposed to be about 9.5 miles at a 13:30 or really a 15:00 pace based on my Galloway training plan. I moved up the long run a week earlier so I could put a Magic Mile run the day of a race I’m doing next weekend. I was nervous to run two back to back long run weekends, but now after I don’t think it went all that bad.
I ran 8 miles last weekend and while I felt sore for a day, I was surprised how quickly I recovered and felt fine the rest of the week. I only ran my 30 minute run on Monday, and missed my Friday run to spend time with my Aunt who flew up from Florida to escape Hurricane Irma last weekend. I did get in several half hour walks this week which was more than previous weeks.
My 9 mile run was hot, humid, lacking a breeze despite beautiful views, and just overall a difficult run. I felt good the first half, but ended up walking most of the 8th mile. I ran from my house, out to the beach, down the boardwalk a bit, and back.
I wore my Camelbak Ultra 4 for the first time since Chris gave it to me for Christmas. I was nervous to run with it if it caused any chafing, which gladly it didn’t. I also felt a little ridiculous looking in it at first, but it’s practicality took that feeling away.
I enjoyed having water with me in the heat, but I forgot to pack any midrun snacks, gels, or anything. At about the 6-7th mile I needed to use a bathroom which slowed me down significantly. Women problems. I didn’t actually get to use one until I got home a few miles later!
I definitely sweat beyond belief. Better planning food and liquid wise the day before will help.
Next time I have this long of a run, I plan to go back to the trails. It is a 5 mile loop with portapotties throughout and I can shop at my car if I forget to bring a snack. Plus, it’s shaded!
Overall, I’m pretty pleased at how I felt with just minor right hip pain and not much twinges I had last week. So far, I feel good after even if a little tired. Run walk run for another win!
Total Miles: 9
Pace: 14:27 overall, fastest 13:30, goal 13-15
Not too shabby for being a <2 mile runner two months ago!