I ran my last long run this morning...22 miles of total happiness. I just realized when I logged my run that it was to be a fast finish...oops! Normally that would totally upset me that I messed up a run and did not do what my coach asked me to do. But not today. Today I feel great about my run and I think my coach will be happy with it too!
I finally felt good. I knew as soon as I starting running that today would be my best day running. Well, at least the best day I have had in over 10 days. That knowledge was enough to get me through the hard moments with a smile still on my face. Knowing in mile 1 that this would be a great last long run was wonderful. The weather was a bonus as well. It was 37 degrees when I started in the dark and 52 degrees when I finished with sunny skies.
I did not realize that I was supposed to fast finish today. But, I wanted to challenge myself to run many of the miles around 9/min mile pace and finished the last 2-3 miles faster. I was still challenging myself, but not quite like was planned. My goal was to finish at 3:25.
I found out yesterday that my bib# is 449. I felt like it was a good number, but could not figure out any great attachment to it. Today I had my bib attachment moment, which is great for a superstitious person like me. My first two miles were 9:44. See----it is my bib# reversed! LOVE!
|Pretty view from my fun...love the "steam" coming off the creek|
Miles 3-10 were 9:38, 9:32, 9:29, 9:18, 9:20, 9:08, 9:11 and 9:24. I took 2 GU's by this point and was really ready to start pushing the pace.
Miles 11-15 were 9:01, 9:04, 9:00, 9:08, 9:04. I took my last GU at mile 15. That was not my plan, but I just did not feel like I needed my last one at mile 19. I am pretty sure I will take it during the marathon because it can't hurt me.
Miles 16-19 were 8:57, 9:01, 9:04, and 8:58. At this point it was warm and my legs were feeling ready to be finished. My breathing still felt very controlled and even, which is great! I know I had more in me today, but I did not want this to be my marathon. I just wanted a great last run.
Miles 20-22 were 8:53, 8:44 (44 made me happy!) and 8:42. Done in 3:22....woo hoo! So, not a super fast finish, but a solid strong run!
|These legs are running strong!|
I totally EMBRACED the past two months of running. I really have loved almost every minute of it. I was excited about the challenges and did not let my cold keep me down for too long. The mind is so powerful and for now, I am controlling my thoughts.
My verse for today's run was 1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong