Today was the first 7 mile long run on this plan. (There’s one more next week.) It went better than I expected; I finished in 1:34 and don’t feel completely wiped out like I did after last weekend’s 6 miler. Now I am enjoying a celebratory late lunch of pie (yesterday was pi day! we have pie!), beer and ibuprofen. I’ve been really lucky with the weather lately– it’s been beautiful for all my long runs!
I tacked on an extra 0.1 mile on the end to make it my longest run, so I nailed down a bunch of PRs today: longest time running, longest distance run, best 10k time (1:23). That felt pretty good! (I was thinking about crowing about it on Facebook, but then I saw that what feels like everyone I know ran a half marathon/marathon in town today. So maybe I won’t bother.)
I started the run telling myself, “Go slow. Go slow. Slower than that. C’mon, slow.” But that didn’t really work out; the first mile was my fastest, which usually means I run out of gas. And yeah, my splits got slower and miles 3 and 4 were really slow (granted, they’re all uphill, I always struggle at that part). But after that I started picking up again, and the last 3 miles were just about at my goal pace (a little faster, actually). So I guess the moral of the story is, work on the hills dangit. (Why can’t I live someplace flat?)
I didn’t know what to do with my blistered foot– it’s really a big blister, covering the outside of the ball of my foot. I consulted the wisdom of the internet, and wound up slathering it with Body Glide and hoping for the best– and indeed, it stayed intact, didn’t hurt, and didn’t grow much. So that was nice! On the other hand, I Body Glided the bit where my sports bra band contacts my rib cage– it always chafes there– and around 6 miles in I had a borderline catastrophic sports bra failure: the band decided that it didn’t want to be on my chest anymore and started slipping up. Everything mostly stayed in place but there was decidedly less support and I did not like it one bit. I don’t know if I should blame the Body Glide or my old sports bra for that…