Friday, July 27, 2012

reintroduction of the long run

today was the 3rd day of running on a treadmill at the YMCA this week.  90+ degrees is just too hot for me to run outside.  hopefully it'll cool down in the next couple of weeks so I can continue (or start?) my half marathon training outside.

I went into today's run with the phrase "slow and steady" in my head.  I didn't want any speed during my run since I haven't run 5 miles since half marathon training LAST YEAR.  This was definitely the longest run I've done since the Rock n Roll half marathon in Savannah last November.

Anyways ... after a really long day of dealing with my lovely almost 4 month old son (he was extra fussy due to a round of shots at the doctor's office) I finally made it to the YMCA a little after 5pm.  I guess most people were already off enjoying their weekend because the gym was E-M-P-T-Y.

Mile 1 - 8:01 
Mile 2 - 15:55 (7:51 pace)
Mile 3 - 23:52 (7:56 pace)
Mile 4 - 31:46 (7:54 pace)
Mile 5 - 39:37 (7:51 pace)
5.08 miles - 40 minutes 
**almost negative splits the entire distance ... almost doesn't count it though :) **

I hate that the treadmill resets after 30 minutes with a 5 minute cool down.  I stopped after hitting 32 minutes originally thinking that I would have done 4 miles exactly, keeping up with an 8 minute/mile pace.  I surprised myself with running sub 8 minute miles the entire time.  Which is awesome!

Next week's long run will be 5.5 miles, with the following week (technically first week of training) having 6 miles as the long run.  We'll see how this goes!  Mileage so far this week (not counting Sunday) is roughly 11 miles. 

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