I did the first long run of my training plan yesterday – an “easy” six miles. I say easy because it’s the shortest of all the long runs I will be doing. Yikes.
I ran the first three miles and some change with a friend. It always goes much quicker when I have someone to chat with! The second three miles were on my own, without an iPod. It was surprisingly not so bad, but I definitely do better with some kind of distraction while running. My splits:
- Mile 1: 11:07
- Mile 2: 11:25
- Mile 3: 11:44
- Mile 4: 10:38
- Mile 5: 11:08
- Mile 6: 10:54
- Total: 1:06:56 (11:09 average pace)
Not bad, but not where I was before my “break” – and the last mile was really rough. Normally I would speed it up toward the end, but I just didn’t have it in me. I’m definitely going to need to find a way to carry water with me on long runs. I took one short water break, and it wasn’t enough.
Today’s run was much better! It was a 3 mile tempo run with the same running buddy. We ran the first mile at a good speed, a fast second mile, and a cool-down for the third mile. It felt amazing – especially the speedy mile! We had planned to run at a 10:00 pace, but it felt good to pick it up a bit, and I knew it was just for one mile. Our splits:
- Mile 1: 10:24
- Mile 2: 9:32
- Mile 3: 11:52
- Total: 31:48 (10:37 average pace)
How do you stay hydrated on your runs?