The Fall – Week 7, Long Run

Posted: October 5, 2013 in Fall Plan
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Workout: 12 miles @ 7:37 pace.  Weather: 75 degrees, cloudy.

Recap: Back on track.

Today’s run was sponsored by sugar…lots of it. Kool-Aid. Sprite. Quesadillas. Chips. Brownies. All on the menu yesterday. Really struggled on Thursday with the speedwork, despite having completed a near-identical workout the week before. I wanted to make sure that nutrition wasn’t the factor today. Began the run a little tentative but on pace. I didn’t want to run out of gas. Had a rough moment around mile 4 when I wanted to quit the run. Not sure what happened, but I figured I must have started holding my breath for a couple of seconds during the run. Focused on breathing and found the rhythm.

Really turned to be a great run for most of the way. Weather is still a little warm out there for October, but otherwise, a pleasant experience. Wasn’t using a lot of willpower out there. Probably could have dropped a few sub-7:00 miles towards the end. It’s important to remember the purpose of runs though. Speedwork is for speed-endurance. And long runs are for endurance-endurance. Keep cool. Ended up finishing at 7:33 pace over the 12 miles.

This run meant a lot to me. It’s hard after a bad run to get up with the same kind of enthusiasm. Today was on-point. Overall, the week went pretty well. Lost a chance at getting over 50 miles for the week when I quit the speedwork, but I’ll try to get past 50 again in two weeks. Next week is a down week, so reduced mileage on all the workouts. More importantly, looks like a cold front hit in the middle of the day here, and the morning lows are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s for the next few days. Hope it’s a trend that stays. Looking forward to easier runs in the cooler temperatures.

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  1. 278toBoston says:

    In right there with you on the cooler weather. We are still near 90, but cooler weather should be close by.

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