Yesterday morning, G and I set out on our first 18 miler of this training cycle. (We are ignoring the fact that I ran a 24.8 mile run two weeks ago. That was a race, albeit virtual.) Anyway, we embarked on our longest training run this summer at the ever-so-lovely hour of 5:40 a.m. Triple L (Long Legs Leslie) joined us for the first 12, then sent G and me on our merry way. And although I failed to take a single picture, the run was quite eventful. Some things were good. And some were less than good. Here are my take aways - Wins vs. Losses:
Win: I look super cute in lime green and yellow. My outfit was stellar (as was G's) and was commented on by random people along the route.
Loss: No matter how BRIGHT my outfit may have been (and it was), people will still attempt to hit you with their cars.
Win: G and I now have three different six mile routes from the same starting point, giving us tons of options for our mid week runs once school starts again.
Loss: Running three different six mile routes from the same starting point to make up an 18 miler is a bad idea. You end up having to pass your car constantly and thus have to fight the urge to cut the run short.
Win: This 18 miler brought be to over 1,100 miles on the year and 48 miles on the week. A new record in both departments.
Loss: 48 miles is a lot. And my legs are tired. And I have 50 on the schedule for this week.
Win: G is notorious for planning hilly routes. This is going to be a huge benefit if I am ever handed a hilly race course.
Loss: G is notorious for planning hilly routes. This makes my legs really tired and sometimes makes me want to punch her for her cruelty.
Win: My long run pace has been consistently faster than my current marathon PR pace. Like significantly faster.
Loss: My long run pace has been consistently faster than what my training calls for. I suck at slowing down.
What did your long run teach you this week?