After two days off from running and some fresh legs, I was interested to see how a good long, hilly run would go. I set out tonight to run a double loop of my normal 6 mile run and stretch the legs out farther than I had been able to in a couple weeks.
It was immediately evident that two days off had done me some good. My legs were fresh and I felt comfortable settling right into a solid pace.
The details and highlights of the run are as follows:
12.3 miles in 1:40:55
7:33/mile was my fastest mile (mile 2), 8:45/mile was my slowest (mile 5)
3 of the last 5 miles were under 8:00/mile
Overall, I am super happy with the run. If I hadn't run out of daylight completely, I could have run at least another 3 miles, probably another full 6 mile loop. I sipped Gatorade after the first couple miles then drank some Powerade Zero at 6 miles and back to Gatorade at 9 miles.
On a side note, I got back to the podcasts and listened to AthleteonFire and Scott Jones talking with fellow New Jersey guy Nick Bautista. Nick just finished up a small ultra in Vermont. He ran 500 mile in 9 days and 5 hours. As soon as I got over the embarrassment of trying to get through 12 miles when he ran 500, I used it as motivation and it was a great podcast.
To finish the night, I am wearing my compression socks now as I am a bit sore. Time for some watermelon. Hopefully, a shake out run tomorrow of around 4 miles.