I was faced with a hard decision for this morning’s run. I wanted to bring Z along, but I was worried that pushing the stroller that long would be difficult. More importantly though, I didn’t know if he’d be content for over an hour and half in the stroller. I haven’t taken him past 4 miles yet so I wasn’t sure what to expect if I brought him. I ended up going alone and I decided I’ll try taking him on a shorter long run another time- maybe a 6 mile run to see how he does for an hour.
My run was fantastic today. My muscles were a little tight in the beginning, but they warmed up after the hilly first 2 miles. It took me 1:38:59 to run 10 miles. My average pace was 9:53 per mile (last week it was 10:15 so that’s a great improvement for me). Most of my mile splits were around 10:00 per mile or a little less, but my last 2 miles were 9:11 and 9:14. Once again, I got my confidence at the end to push myself harder. I can definitely tell that running with the stroller during the week is making me stronger for my long runs.
My run was very relaxing today. I’m sure all the moms out there know that sometimes you need some “me time.” Being a stay at home means I don’t really ever get time to myself. I’m certainly not complaining about that because I love spending time with my little man, but to keep my sanity, I do need a few minutes to myself from time to time. My solo long runs on the weekends have been a great way for me to get that time alone that I need. I feel refreshed physically, mentally and emotionally after a long run. The best part is that I usually leave for my run when Z is still blissfully asleep and I get back just as my hubby is starting to give him breakfast so I know I’m not missing too much while I’m running.