or what I like to call “The Beginning of the End” …
I’ve reached that point in my training where here on out all long runs will be my longest. Prior to training, the longest run I’ve completed is a half-marathon. This past weekend I had a 13 mile run planned, which was actually 13.3, and if you include the half a mile warm-up and cool-down, I’m looking at over 14. It really didn’t even feel bad at all, especially for being at the end part of my sickness, I think I handled it pretty well. Also, the weather was great at 40 degrees (which has now become my favorite temperature for running).
I’m in love with my new Garmin watch. I don’t use it all the time, mainly for pace and long runs (to make sure I don’t go TOO slow). I debated which watch to get for months since my mom was planning to get me one for Christmas, and I think anyone will agree how hard it can be to pick! I really fell for the Garmin Forerunner 305. Yes it’s the older model, but with over 2,000 reviews and 5 stars, I felt like I needed to have it. Also when I was looking at the new touch screen ones, there were too many negative reviews on the bezel and touch, and it really bothered me that they weren’t waterproof! I think for my first fancy watch, it’s perfect.
For a long run, my pace is supposed to fall between 10:15 to 11:15, so I’m happy with my pace. I also didn’t realize there were hills near my parent’s house! Can’t complain because I need to get used to it.
There were definitely points I could feel myself slowing down, and if it weren’t for my watch, I wouldn’t know how slow. It was great because I’m trying to really learn my paces. I’m planning to start testing out the heart monitor in a few weeks.
Next long run, 14 miles. Should be a piece of cake right?
Where are you in your training? Do you feel like you are right on or are you falling behind?