Note: I thought I posted this Saturday afternoon – but here it’s still sitting in my drafts. So, just read this as though it’s mid-day on Sat, March 12th.
Greetings from Minnesota!
We got hit with snow and wind last night, and I felt my fingers might freeze off as I fed a fussy calf her bottle. (She wouldn’t or couldn’t figure out how to suck from her bottle holder.) Whether I wear disposable milking gloves (they’re rather like doctor’s gloves) or get my real gloves milk- soaked, my hands seem to freeze either way. Guess I’ve already gotten a bit wimpy about the cold!
I didn’t do my lake run this morning. The roads were still slick from the snow, but the 40 mph wind gusts are what really sealed my fate on the treadmill.
I could have waited to see if Sunday’s weather is better, but Saturday morning is really the best time to guarantee my long run will get done. My lovely bulldog woke me up to be let out at about 4:45, so I got an early start to the gym.
I am excited/surprised/amazed to report that this long thing could actually be fun for the rest of marathon training ;-). I know, I know – I’ve still got a long way to go.
14 miles sounded ominous, but once I got a few miles in I really got in a good rhythm. I had water and Gatorade, and I took a gu at mile 6 which really seemed to help. My plain flavor gu was ok; I think I definitely like it better than the fruit flavors I’ve tried on one or two occasions.
The last 2 miles kind of dragged, but I still felt strong. I kept the pace easier than my last few long runs, doing the first 10 miles @ 10:20, 2 miles @ 10:10, and then 10:00 and 9:45 for the last 2 miles respectively. The 9:45 pace even felt fine at the end.
I definitely plan to approach my long runs with this slower start, as I’m supposed to. The strong finish is definitely a confidence booster too!
Now that I’ve told you more than you ever wanted to know about this run, I’ve got to head off to finish some laundry and put supper in the crockpot before I leave for the farm. Sorry for the complete lack of pictures or creativity in this post.
What’s the longest you’ve ever run on the treadmill?