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Long Run Sunday

13 Feb

Today I ran my longest run EVER!!! It was unseasonably warm in Bloomington today so that meant Sunday’s long run would be ran outside. I met up with 3 other girls (Jess, Laura, and Sara) who both run and do triathlons and Jess’s husband Seth. They have a great route that is exactly 12 miles which goes out through the country and a small town and then loops back around to their house. I have to say I was a little nervous since my longest mileage prior to today was 8.. I was scheduled to put in 10 miles today, but decided an extra 2 probably wouldn’t hurt. I also took Thursday and yesterday off from running due to getting fitted and picking up my bike in Chicago so my legs felt pretty well rested. So I got up and drank a cup of coffee, ate some Raisin Bran and tried to figure out what I was going to wear. I was also stoked that I was getting to run outside and it was sunny!! I ate half a peanut butter and strawberry jelly on wheat bread on my drive over. I took a gel with me and they informed me that we’d be stashing our water bottles about 2 miles out so that we didn’t have to run the whole way with them. Even though I was still feeling awesome, I took my gel around mile 6. I’ve heard from many people that most of the time if you wait until you’re starting to get tired its too late. The whole run actually felt amazing – I had much more energy than I ever thought I would for the last 3 miles. While coming back into the subdivision one of the other girls and I kicked it up a notch through all the hills 🙂 I plan to run many more long run sundays on this course – being able to run with others is always more fun than running by yourself! After everyone finished we did some easy strides so the total mileage was actually 12.4. This also makes me much more excited to run the Illinois Half Marathon in April now that I know I can actually finish 🙂

Mile 1   –  9:51
Mile 2  –  9:18
Mile 3  –  9:22
Mile 4  –  9:29
Mile 5  –  9:31
Mile 6  –  9:29
Mile 7  –  9:24
Mile 8  –  9:15
Mile 9  –  9:12
Mile 10 – 9:08
Mile 11  – 8:25
Mile 12  – 8:20
.44         –  4:20

Total  –  1:56

I won’t normally post all my splits on long runs but this run seemed really special to me since it was my longest!!

Here’s a few pictures that I’ll add to this post because I got the new Evo Shift and it takes amazing pics 🙂

My new racing flats!!!! Adizero RC's!!

mmmm my love - shamed to say I had this 3 days last week