Happy Monday, y’all!
Fresh off my cycling victory, I got the chance at another first yesterday: 6.5 miles!
I kinda like the confidence boost of adding on mileage to my regular routes (Alameda and Lake Merritt). Rather than loop the lake twice+, I looked up the distance between my Dailey Method studio and Lake Merritt. Turns out it’s just what I needed to turn my regular 3.1 mile run into the 6.5 on today’s training plan.
Driving to the TDM studio, I realized that I was going to have a loooooooong steady incline at the end of my run. Yeah, that was sure to suck.
Parked at the studio, used their bathroom (thanks TDM!), and was off!
The aforementioned incline gave me a lovely downhill start. My goal was to stay slow and steady. With every run, this objective becomes a bit more difficult but as the distance increases, it will become more and more important. I did a fairly good job and thank goodness because that last half mile was pretty damn tough.
I was pleased that I kept my splits even and actually sped up at the end, despite the hill! The first couple miles were interesting since I’ve driven that route a million times but never walked or run it. It was cool to reach the lake and feel like I had an easy and predictable 3 miles ahead of me. The last couple miles back to my car were tiring but very doable.
It was a great and exhausting run. I can’t believe I’m halfway to a half marathon! I was pretty fatigued around mile 5 and had a wave of concern about my ability to run 13.1 miles. Then I remembered that I’m 7 weeks into a 19 week training plan.
How were everyone’s long runs this weekend?