There is just something about a long run.
On the one hand, it’s so intimidating and nerve-wracking. The thought of all those miles, hoping for good weather, eating just the right pre-run snack, planning the proper mid-run fuel… So many things.
On the other hand, when you finish? You are on top of the world. You can do anything.
I love that feeling.
Things may change when I start hitting the double digits, but for now, long runs are dizzying and magnificent.
On Sunday, my goal was to hit seven miles. Since I had completed the 5-10K program, I no longer had a specific training plan to follow, so I charged up my Garmin (I guess it might be getting cool enough where it won’t be annoying), and packed my things.
I had my Camelbak handheld filled with watermelon Nuun and two pink lemonade Honeystingers, that I put in the velcro pouch of the bottle. PSA. When one runs, one’s water bottle shakes a little. When one’s water bottle is filled with Nuun, the chances of said Nuun fizzing and geysering a little bit upon opening the water bottle in question are high. Very high.
And then I was off.
Going into it, I was a little edgy and anxious. However, once I settled into my pace… well, it was magical.
It was such an amazing morning. Watching the sunrise was amazing motivation.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt better.
I didn’t need to hydrate a lot, despite the humidity, and I did take both the Honeystingers, at miles five and six. I think they are going to be my new go-to, in race fuel. I liked the texture and the flavor, they were easy to carry, and they didn’t upset my tummy. I have some other products to try, but for now, I’m happy.
In fact, the only downer was that my Garmin and RunKeeper didn’t quite match up. When I hit 7.0 miles on the Garmin, I was at about 7.3 or 4 on RunKeeper. I’m not really thrilled about that difference and I’m not really sure which one is precise. RunKeeper has matched up to the distances of previous races, so I’ve felt pretty confident in that accuracy. But, it’s still kind of annoying to have that difference. I’m keeping an eye on it.
By the time I crossed my driveway, I had logged 7.7 miles on RunKeeper and 7.3 on the Garmin. Either way, it was a success! My pace was good, especially considering that I am doing intervals and the best part is that I felt great. No cramps, no dragging, and no residual aches or pains. My lower legs were a little hypersensitive the rest of the day, but I woke up on Monday without soreness. I’m pretty thrilled.
I will be shooting for about eight to eight and a half miles this week. I’m hoping my long runs continue to be so positive and affirming.
How do you feel mentally and physically after completing a long run with a new distance?
Do you experience discrepancies between your technologies of choice? How do you compensate for it?