Due to some fun weekend plans, a Saturday or Sunday morning run isn’t going to happen this weekend, so Maggie and I decided to do our scheduled 10-miler after work this evening. I was looking forward to trying the distance again, but the idea of running 10 miles after a work week was a little scary.
I had nothing to worry about though. We had an awesome run! I think we should try running Friday nights more often. The park wasn’t too crowded and it was the perfect de-stressor after a long week. The weather was just about perfect – maybe a little hot and humid when we started, but perfect by the end.
I was also dreading this one a bit because we were going to do the long mileage on a loop that is less than three miles. Given that it would be dark by the end of our run, we wanted to stick to a safe area with plenty of lights. This meant 3 full loops and part of a 4th. Yikes.
It was actually really good though! It’s a flat course, which automatically made it better than our last 10 miler (when I didn’t meet my hour and forty-five minute finishing goal). The weather was also much better. As a result, we cut almost 4 minutes off our 10 mile PR! Not only were we faster, but I felt much better during this run.
The first few miles seemed slow at first, but they actually went by pretty quickly. I tried taking a Gu before my run for the first time tonight, and I think it actually helped. I plan to do it again before our 12 mile run (dun dun dun) next weekend. When we hit 5 miles, I still felt pretty good.
We took a short walk break while we took our Gu a little after 5 miles. I didn’t feel like I really needed it, but I know you’re supposed to take it before you actually run out of energy, and I was glad I did. Mile six was a little slower because of the Gu, but miles seven and eight were back on pace.
I didn’t really feel tired or too winded until the 9th mile. We were so close to being done, but I could tell I needed a walk break. I was watching our pace slide to 11:00 and slower, but after a 1 minute walk break, we were back to the 9:30 – 10:00 range. Walk breaks can be very powerful!
We took another short walk break during the last mile. I wanted to push it to the end, and I knew that a short walk would give me the energy to give it my all at the end. We finished strong. Our splits:
- Mile 1: 10:14
- Mile 2: 10:04
- Mile 3: 10:07
- Mile 4: 10:01
- Mile 5: 10:02
- Mile 6: 10:29 (Gu)
- Mile 7: 10:07
- Mile 8: 10:15
- Mile 9: 10:45
- Mile 10: 10:19
- Total: 1:42:26 (10:15 average pace)
I think we both felt really good at the end of this run. Definitely tired, but not in the same way I felt after my last long run. I really think that fueling with Gu before the run helped. And I’m more of a night owl, so maybe running in the evening made a difference 🙂 Only two more long runs to go before the half marathon!
Do you run better in the morning or evening?