I decided I would do 10 or 11 miles and hope for the best. I started out slow and not feeling like this was going to be a great run but could manage it okay. 4 miles in I ate a GU, drank a bunch of Nuun and turned around so I could switch shoes for the last couple of miles. I am still breaking in the Pure Flows and really wanted to run in them today.
After mile 4 I noticed I just felt awesome. My legs felt good and my breathing was steady and even. I was doing really good holding just under 9 min/mile pace for my long run. I am really working on doing my long runs slow ans steady, instead of trying to rush through them.
About mile 6 I kicked it up a little since I was feeling so good and McMillan says to keep it between 8:22 and 9:22 for my fast runs so I did miles 6 and 7 at 8:30ish pace. And it felt so good. I felt so good. I switched my shoes at 8 miles and headed back out. I was only going to do another 3 or 4, but decided it was too nice of a day out and I was feeling so good I went ahead and did another 6 for a total of 14 miles for my long run.
It was one of those runs where I couldn't help but love the feel of the air on my face, the sunshine and how good it felt to run. The last 7 miles of the run were not as slow as they should have been and averaged close to 8 min/miles with 2 of them faster than that.
I found this quote yesterday and had to share, because it is so true!
I am going to remember how good this run felt while I am sitting in jury selection this afternoon. I may not get to run today, but at least I had a totally awesome I love to run type of run yesterday :) My clothes and shoes are in the car though so if I can out of there early I may be sneaking in a couple of recovery type miles. One can dream!
Have you ever served on a jury? I never have and am hoping I don't get picked this time, finger crossed!
What is motivating you today?