When my alarm work me at 6 am I had a brief thought to hit the snooze button, but I knew that if I didn’t get up I would greatly regret it. It motivates me to get out of bed when I think about how much better the day will be if I run in the morning, especially after a long run. For some reason I don’t dread twelve mile runs as much as you would think, I guess because I expect it to be long so I know what I am getting myself into. Before I made my way outside I checked the plan on my Nike+ app. It said to run a nine mile progression with a two mile warm up and one mile cool down. As I opened the front door the cool air rushed over me and chilled me to the bone. I thought that I should go back in to get my arm warmers, but decided against it and started my run.
The cold air made me want to run faster, but unfortunately I had to keep stopping for the traffic lights which all seemed to not be in my favor. After a mile I finally made it to the river. I had decided ahead of time that I was going to run two loops around the river, which makes my long runs seem more manageable. Usually this is a good idea, but today the wind coming off the water made my hands hurt from the cold and there wasn’t any sunshine out to warm them up. After I finished my second mile I picked up my pace a bit to start my progression. When I made it to the other side of the river the sun was starting to rise and the Boston skyline looked absolutely beautiful! I stopped on the side of the walkway to take a panoramic photograph with my phone.
After the first lap I ran a bit past my starting point and then turned around to run the loop in the opposite direction. I found that this makes the run easier because it is not the same exact thing twice in a row. At the half way point I unzipped my SPIbelt and pulled out my energy gel. I tried something different this week by eating the gel as I ran instead of stopping like I usually do. I figured that I won’t be able to stop during the race so why stop during my training run? It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and so delicious!
When I made it back to the Cambridge side of the river I took another picture of the skyline; this time the sun was a lot higher in the sky. It was also here that I noticed a whole lot of people wearing medical scrubs walking in the opposite direction. I wasn’t sure where the hospital was, but I couldn’t help but think, “Were they headed to work or just leaving this early in the morning?” At mile eight I picked up my pace some more and started running in the eight mile pace range, staying in that range through mile eleven where I ran an 8:17 mile.
Near the end of the run my legs started feeling fatigued and sore, which lasted all day long. I’m hoping as I continue to run longer distances my legs will get used to the mileage. Besides that I felt pretty good during the run. I finished the 12.13 miles in 1:51:30 giving me an average pace of 9:11 which is great considering that the first two miles were a nice slow warm up. Tomorrow I plan on spending the whole day resting…..and maybe a little shopping.