Today was the second time I did a 22 mile run. The first time I did it, it hurt, I thought I was never going to get done and today it felt amazing. My first thought was I must be running a lot slower today and conserving energy. so once I got home I compared my times
4/25/2012 (22 days ago)
21 miles in 3 hours 21 minutes and 51 seconds for an average pace of 9:10 minute miles.
21.15 miles in 3 hours 19 minutes and 19 seconds for an average pace of 8:59 minute miles.
This run really felt so good! It was a confidence boosting run. Last time I ran 22 miles I felt done, I felt like it took everything I had to keep running, keep moving and finish those last two miles and I wondered how on earth I was supposed to be able to run another 4.2 miles. It seemed impossibly crazy.
Today I felt like I could have kept running. I wanted to keep running. It was starting to get pretty warm out by the end of the run, but I am trying to embrace the heat as I will be running my marathon in July when things can be pretty warm. What an amzing difference in the two runs.
I even ran the last two miles in 8:22 and 8:17.
I think I have shared this one before, but I really do love it.
It might have helped that I have taken it pretty easy the last week to rest up my hip since it was giving me some problems. I had an ortho sports medicine surgeon look at it yesterday and he thought it seemed like my gluteus medius. He recommended anti inflammatories, stretching, rolling, icing, all the things I have been doing.
It does seem to be feeling better, but I am not sure if it is the anti inflammatories I am taking or if it is really getting better. Either way, go away hip pain!
I am thinking of doing a 10k this weekend. I wasn't going to, but I am feeling good and love the great speed workout it gives me. Plus I really want to do another 10k. I feel like I can do better than I have at that distance. I have only done two so far, but am determined that I can run it faster than I have.
Okay so maybe this wouldn't be a good week to do it since I wouldn't be very rested but I think I will do it anyway. I am going to skip the next 10k that is coming up since it is too close to my marathon. I have such a hard time resisting a race!