Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Surviving the gauntlet on my long run

Long run day and done.  I am a little behind distance wise for my long run going into the NYC marathon.  I know most people have gone 16-20 by now and today, I peaked at 15 miles.  However, I do have one more long run in me and I will get to 18-19 miles during that run.  Having done 26.2 miles already before, I am fine with my long run topping out there.  Also, the strength of my runs right now is great, so I have to be satisfied with where I am.

Today's run was 15 miles at an average pace of 8:13/mile.  My total time for the run was 2:03:21.  Overall, I negative split the run and had 4 of my final 5 miles under 8:00/mile pace.  I purposely ran harder at the end as I often do.  

The gauntlet I referred to in my title is shown in the picture.  I spent a good deal of my run on a loop around a nice field.  The only problem was that every lap, I ran into two small sections of black walnut death trap.  The one pictured is actually the easier of the two.  I guess the agility training and ankle strength building will serve me well.

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