This past week, I ran a total of 21 miles, including a 12-mile long run on Saturday as seen above on my trusty little Garmin watch!
This run was a great run for me. I learned 5 important lessons during that run:
1. I did run/walk 3:1 intervals the ENTIRE run. I finally realized that there is no shame in walk breaks. I’ve been playing around with intervals during runs all winter on the treadmill and a bit during my recent runs outside. The 3:1 intervals seem to work really well. During the 12 miles, I didn’t hit THE WALL. Miles 8 and 9 were a bit rough and seemed to take forever, but otherwise I felt really good. No blisters, feet and legs felt great.
2. Morning seems to be the best time for long runs. I’d been running in the afternoons after all of my household chores and errands were done, but I think I was wearing myself out before I even started running! So this time I drank some coffee, ate a breakfast of fruit and granola and then I headed out and it worked out great! Did I get anything done around the house for the rest of the day? Um…no. But it turned out I was okay with that!
3. I practiced mindful running and it really, really, REALLY helped a lot. I didn’t look at my watch and start getting down on myself about how long it was going to take me to complete the run. I focused on the mile I was currently in, rather than focusing on how much longer I still had to go. It was a beautiful morning and I focused on the outdoors, the music that was playing through my earphones, and felt grateful for the ability to move my body.
4. Lemon-lime Gatorade, water, and Huma Chia Energy Gels (the blueberry and chocolate flavors) kept me hydrated during the run with no tummy issues.
5. I felt proud of my performance, instead of dwelling on my time. I posted it on Facebook and even though I saw folks with faster times or longer runs that day, I still felt excited about how things are progressing for me.
I’m less than three months away from running a marathon, y’all. Wow. I mean, seriously – fricking wow.