Saturday long run and almost like all Saturdays recently the weather decided to be less friendly. Yesterday it was nice and sunny with temperatures in the mid-60’s, but today a new storm is moving in bringing rain, snow, and wind. Well, the wind came early and for big parts of my run I had headwind which made running less fun. Well, Saturday’s are for long runs and so I went running anyway.
I went my usual route for my long runs and now for 3rd week in a row I added a turn that leads me into a neighboring town (Lone Tree). This turn actually allows me to better map out my mileage. My long run route is designed in a way that I have several points where I can turn and either shorten or extend the run depending on how I feel or if the weather becomes an issue. While I had this “design” before adding this new turn as well, it made it a bit more difficult to go really long towards the end of my runs. I always do my runs as a big loop as I think it forces me to push through and not to “chicken out” easily.
My legs felt heavy right from the start, but somehow after mile #7 I forgot about because of the wind and I also forced myself to think of something else. Mile 16 to mile 20 was a grueling, long run up the hills with barely any flat areas in between. With the wind not co-operating I slowed down quite a bit between mile marker 19 and 20 because the ascent was partially steep and when you have that and run against the wind it really sucks all the energy out of my legs. I hate that. I know it is great strength training, but that helps you very little when you are out there. Oh, well – I survived it. I was happy to see that my pace improved again for the last two miles of the run. They came in at 8:39 minutes for mile 21 and 8:28 for mile 22.
My total mileage for this week is now at 49.32 miles. It is Week #7 of my marathon training for the Colfax Marathon on May 18, 2014. We will see how I feel tomorrow – maybe I take my 8 year old son for a short shakeout run. We did this unexpectedly last Sunday and it felt really good. Other than that Sunday’s are usually rest days for me.
What do you think of during your long runs?
Running helps me to clean out my brain. I purposely do not listen to music while running. For some portions of the run I completely zone out don’t really think about anything. Other portions of my runs I use to think about life and what is affecting me currently. I do a lot of stock trading as an example and the long run on a Saturday is a great way to think about my trades that I during the last week. I also think about my business that I own – there are lots of moving pieces and running helps to work my way through issues or to map out new strategies or to come up with new ideas for projects and products. So, on a long run I can be really productive, but I might also zone out and come back with my brain completely empty which is a great feeling actually. I am always full of energy after a run even though I just ran (today) 22 miles under difficult conditions.
So, I am wondering when you are reading this – what do you think of during your runs? Do you listen to music while running? Please add your comments – I would love to hear from you.
Anyway, below are the splits for today’s run.