Saturday, February 26, 2011
Amy and I teamed up for about 6 miles and ran the rest separately, Amy doing her extra miles before running by to pick me up at my house.
We had a nice time catching up and chatting and reveling in the sunshine and warmer temps and chirping birds (it was upper 20s which is actually great running weather once you get moving). We parted ways at my mile 6 and I put on my ipod and just got her done.
What was interesting is that my overall pace was the same as my miserable 12 miler, but this run could not have felt different. I was running on pretty tired legs, so I took it easy so that I could enjoy myself, and I actually felt great, like my body was just kind of along for the ride. I kept saying to myself: long and strong, low and slow. I chose a pretty hilly route and thought about running strong on the ups and riding the downs. It kind of worked.
The King's Speech (so good!) and sushi and all evening I felt that warm, tingly hum of the long run in my whole body. I love that.
The rest of my runs were treadmill runs this week and felt just okay, except for today's which for whatever reason felt soo good and easy. It's so darn unpredictable from run to run. Anyway, 29 miles for the week, all done.
I've been thinking about hill training and once it's nice enough, replacing one of my mid-week runs with a hill workout to give me more confidence in my quads.
I know lots of you are training for spring races. How's it going out there for you?!