For the last two days, I've had some muscle tightness and soreness. It's kept me from really pushing my runs. But I absolutely wanted to get in another long run before I leave town for a week since I have a half marathon less than a week after I get back. Today, I hit the gym with a little more than my usual water and towel. I brought along these long run favorites:
I had a nice protein granola bar for breakfast, had a little bit of water, and headed on my way. My good friend, Sarah, agreed to meet me there at 9:30am... which means I got there at 8:45am. I knew I wanted to get in a long run, and I figured I'd need the inspiration more towards the end than at the beginning. I started with the vanilla GU and then got going. It was actually a very calm, relaxed, uneventful run. It has been awhile since I felt that good on a run (just disappointing I was inside a gym going nowhere instead of on the road watching nature). Sarah got there right on time, about 4 miles into my run. It was a great time to have a little company. I had the chocolate GU and kept trucking. Sarah kept me company until about mile 8. Not long after she left, the treadmill timed out (one of the issues with being a slower runner... the treadmill only goes for 99 minutes). I quickly turned it off and reset it and completed the last little bit. I was even able to push out a nice sprint for the last quarter mile. Total mileage was 10.5. Quarter mile warm-up, 10 miles at 11 min/mile, and a quarter mile cool down. I felt great! I haven't had a long run where I truly felt good in quite awhile. Of course, I rarely do long runs indoors on a treadmill.
I'm feeling a little sore now, but I'm going to get in another warm-up and stretch, and then I plan to get nice and comfy with... The Stick!
On a side note, a big shout-out to my sister-in-law, Angelia, who is on week 4 of Couch-to-5k, who conquered a full 2 miles the other day. That is no small feat, as all of us know. The first time I went further than a mile without walking, I thought I was going to hyperventilate!