I just finished my long run of the week, just 10 miles, but it was third consecutive day of running so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel, especially after last week’s 10 mile run that left me out of myself for most of the day. It was the perfect run. I got to listen to the author of Do Hard Things, few quotes that really resonated with me
You want to be good? DO HARD THING. I am true believer that nobody is born with so much talent to win all the time.
When other asked him how can you possible do that? His answer: I have a secret weapon, work hard! hahah….. I’d say the same whoever asks me about crazy things I do.
Why I do things that seem so daunting and challenging? Because I want to push myself to the limit of agony and see if I can push through it. This is the perfection description of my feeling toward running long distances! 😀 Thank you!
Back to my run.
I was supposed to run on Sunday but we have a night outing planned and my poor sleep might lead another poor run, so I did it on Saturday instead. I run through a 0.75 miles path, back and forth countless loops. Did I find it boring? not at all because I was enjoying the breeze, the shade, access to water and fuel, and the running podcast. My target pace was 10:15-11 min/mile, really easy run. But I felt so good that I was running sub-10 min/mile for the first two miles. I had to slowdown to make it truly easy. That’s the beauty of having a plan, so I don’t burn myself, and get the benefits of long easy runs. To pace myself, I had my watch set up to show HR. Whenever It went above 145 bpm, I’d slow down a bit more. At the last mile, I ignored the watch and run as I felt. Overall, I averaged 10:15 min/mile, on the dot!
Fueling strategy: I usually run fasted up to half marathon distance but I know I need to train my stomach as I go through the training process, to get used to digest fuel. Last week’s gel didn’t sit well. Today I tried eating half of Ucan bar after 6 miles. It didn’t bother me at all, and the last 4 miles felt as fresh as the first 6! It seems to work! 😀
I am so energetic after the run that I went groceries shopping with hubby, and plan to practice golf while Sofia takes her lesson.
This is the feeling that pulls me to running over and over again! 😆
Let me leave you with the pic of Lizzy after Friday’s morning run, with our friend moon paw 🙂