I don't always get a chance to squeeze in a run before work, but when I do, it makes the rest of the day easier. I was able to bang out a 15 mile long run today and other than mile 13, everything went great. After warming up a couple miles around 8:00/mile pace, I started banging out miles around 7:30 pace, nice and easy. Then, without fuel to keep me going, I ran into a major climb and no energy in mile 13. F, it broke me and took like 10 minutes. At the top, I got a second wind and was determined to finish up my 15 and put in a couple more miles at a respectable pace of 8:20ish/mile.
Important points from today's run:
1. You aren't as strong as you think you are.-- No more long runs of 10+ miles without some fuel. I don't need to be Superman, I need to get in good workouts. I need fuel to do that above 11+ miles.
2. You are stronger than you think you are.-- All I mean is that I really wanted to stop and be done during mile 13, and for get the last coupple miles. However, I wouldn't do it, knowing what I want 2018 to be for me. I sucked it up and finished respectably.
3. No matter how many times you have done the same route, pay attention to the sidewalk.-- I took a sweet, non-injury fall today because of a nice bump in the sidewalk. It's a stretch of walkway I have run a thousand times and will run a thousand more. Hopefully, that is the only time I fall on it.
4. A Diet Coke after a long run is glorious.--Don't bother telling me how bad Diet Coke is for me. I don't give a shit after 15 miles. Yummy
Depending on how tomorrow's recovery run goes, I will either do a second easy day in a row on Friday and end the week with 40-42 miles, or I will do 1/4 mile hill repeats Friday to finish the week. Right now I am tired so no decisions are being made.