I left nothing out there on today's long run. I must say it was my toughest run to date, since coming back. I can't say that I'm unhappy with my performance. I actually feel good and feel like I really gutted it out. But will I look back on this one and remember it always? Don't think so!!!
Total distance: 5 miles
Total time: 1:21:53
Average HR: 157
Mile 1: 15:14
Mile 2: 16:01
Mile 3: 16:25
Mile 4: 16:45
Mile 5: 17:24
Calories burned (according to Polar): 1427!!!! (no way!)
I'm hesitant to compare this to previous long runs for a few reasons. One, to me it was the most humid day I've run so far. I was really sweating. I mean the kind of sweating where you're drenched from head to toe. By the end, I looked like I just got out of the swimming pool. Also, because of a fishing trip that was planned for today, I ended up moving my schedule around a bit and doing Monday's easy 30 minutes on Friday. The plan was to then rest 1 day and do my long run on Sunday. Well, late in the day on Friday, the fishing trip got cancelled allowing me to do the long run on Friday. If that's too confusing, suffice it to say, I ran on Friday before a long run. I do not think that affected me at all, I'm just saying, I can't compare this to other long runs since I usually have a full day of rest before.
On the bright side. I'm feeling no nagging pains. I'm still injury-free. I feel like my ankle is holding up well. Plus I got to see Bill whizzing by along with some other Striders. Among these familiar faces was Coach Steeeve. He greeted me on the out portion of his run as we were passing in opposite directions. But on his back leg, Steeve was FOCUSED!!! I me an he was humping it. Running hard. Awesome to see that, Steeeve!!!