Instead of running a 10k for our long run last week and 11 miles this week, like Hal Higdon recommends in his Novice 2 training schedule, we switched it up. So after work last Friday night, J & I headed out on our 11 mile run. We decided to get the run done Friday night so that we could enjoy the wedding Saturday and not be sore/tired.
Unlike our first long run, this one was tougher. I don't know if it was because we ran after work versus first thing in the morning, or the fact that I decided to eat BBQ for lunch with co-workers (very bad idea) but my body felt heavier and I was tired.
We definitely pushed through it. And the whole thing was a mental game between, do I want to beat my 10-mile pace even though I should be running slower, or do I want to slow things down?
The verdict: 11 miles in 1 hour, 47 minutes. Average pace of 9:46 min/mile.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a tiny bit bummed we didn't beat our 10 mile pace. BUT, I realize this is a much smarter pace. And I would hate to get injured or burn out before the race.
And, as much as I'd love to say I was ready for more after 11 miles, like last week, this is what I looked like after our run...
A bit dramatic but still, I was dead tired. (And yes, I made J take this photo. :)He hates me. bahaha )
Another fun photo for you - this is what happens when running in the city and someone walks in front of you right before a shoulder height street sign...even ripped J's shirt!
And this looks worse in person. Yuck.
Since I am traveling this weekend, I'll be conquering my 10k run in Charlotte, NC with my sister before we head south to Charleston for her bachelorette party! That being said, you can expect me to be MIA for the next few days until I get back and recover from the madness I'm sure will ensue.
Have a great weekend my friends!