So, today was my official 3rd long run since I signed up for a marathon. It was a bit more difficult today than I had expected. I am not sure if there was just one reason or if it was a combination of reasons for this run being more difficult. On paper I should not complain or be disappointed, because the numbers actually look pretty good.
I ran 14.07 miles and my average pace was 9 minutes and 36 seconds per mile. I had only 2 miles where I was slower than 10 minutes per mile. Both miles in question took me a bit longer to run because I was refueling while running. However, the first one of the 2 was slower because I simply could not get that freaking package of Gu Chomps to open. I actually had to stop and after fighting a bit I had to use a sharp rock to cut into the packaging. The other mile with a speed of 10+ minutes for the mile I was refueling again, but this time I slowed down because my legs felt tired.
Other than that, my speed per mile was really good and I think there is one reason why I consider this to be a tough run today. I think was going out too fast and so I “burnt” through the available energy too fast which then in return created the feeling of heavy and fatigued legs for the last 3-4 miles. I pushed myself to go on and finished maintaining a good speed, but that’s not how it is supposed to be. I am simply not there yet after being in training for about 2.5 weeks. I ran 17 miles last Saturday (10.17 minutes/mile) and I ran over 9 miles on Monday (9.06 minutes/mile). Maybe I felt a bit over-confident knowing I would only go for 14 today and having that tempo run under my belt where I felt pretty strong.
I am also reading a book called “Hanson Marathon Method” and the information about proper preparing for a long run raised another question. I might have been drinking enough water today and I might have waited too long for refueling.
While I am happy about the time per mile today, I am a bit angry at myself, too. I am training for a Marathon and not a half-marathon. I have a lot more miles to cover on race day and these type of rookie mistakes would put my goal in danger. So, for my next long run I will prepare a bit better and then compare.