I was so pumped for today’s long run. I was so excited about it that yesterday I laid my outfit out and revised my running playlist on my iPhone. I knew it was supposed to rain today so I was expecting a wet run. I unintentionally woke up at 6am and couldn’t fall back asleep so I figured I ought to hit the road. I didn’t bring Z along because it was cold and windy and the rain was on it’s way. Plus, my little nugget was still sound asleep.
Since I had more miles to cover than usual, I had to do a slightly different route. It was nice to have a change of scenery. I had originally planned to run 7 miles today, but decided that if I felt up for it, I really wanted to go for 8. I felt really good for most of the run, except for a little slump about halfway through. I brought along some Gu just in case I needed a little boost so I had that around the 4.5 mile mark. That really helped me finish strong.
My pace was decent- an average of 10:43 per mile. I felt good for my last mile so my goal was to get that one under ten minutes and I just barely made it with 9:56 :).
The weather actually held out for my run so I didn’t get drenched. It was a little on the chilly side and windy with a few bouts of drizzling rain, but overall it was actually nice running weather. I prefer it to be a little cooler when I run anyway. About 10 minutes after I got home, it started to pour. Just in time for hubby to head out for his 8 miles. He decided to skip it for today and do it tomorrow instead. Sounds like a good plan to me.
Now I have that achy feeling in my legs that comes after a good long run. I love that feeling. It means I worked hard this morning and that’s a good thing :). I am slightly worried though that my ankle is bothering me now. I hope it’s nothing and it will feel better after taking it easy for the rest of today and tomorrow.