Today, in anticipation of some really wet weather tomorrow and maybe Wednesday I decided to get in my long run for the week. I didn't want to have to do it in pouring rain. There's something awesome about getting in your long run on a Monday. The rest of the week is going to be important, but the bulk of the work is done. I didn't look at my watch, until I finished. My effort was simply set to be strong, but doable. When I finished, I wasn't shocked by the results. My pace was right about 7:43/mile and I finished strong. A 14 miler in 1:48 is solid. I'm hoping to keep this pace for all my long runs as I move forward. While running the long run, lots of thoughts go through my mind. I plan a lot for my lessons and units I am teaching, as well as running and personal stuff. Some of today's thoughts include, but are not limited to or in any specific order:
1. Know what sucks more than a shoelace that comes undone on a run? Wearing a pair of pants that have no drawstring! I spent the whole F-ing run pulling them up and I had to hold my phone because it would pull the pants down if I put it in my pocket. F!
2. Forgetting your watch until the end is liberating. Also, it can help you maintain mental focus and physically keep your pace. It tests you to not let your pace fall off. I have now done it a few times and it has definitely helped me gain more focus over the length of a run.
4. I cannot wait to see where I go from this training. I just hit 100 miles for the month, with 7 legit running days to go. After looking at my running data since the beginning of 2014, I have never been above 94 miles for one month. I was strong ending November, I hit mid 90's for December and I should hit 130 easy for this month.
I'm sure there is more stuff, but that's all that came to mind right away. In almost 2 hrs of running, a lot goes through my mind. Tomorrow, a nice easy 6 miler to recover before a speed session on Wednesday.