Monday, July 14, 2008

My First Sunday Long Run

When we last left our heroine, she was contemplating whether or not she could complete her marathon training by running races on Saturdays and long runs on Sunday mornings. This week was her first attempt...

Sunday morning, I met up with my friend Carol and we ran 15 miles on the Tunnel Hill trail.

Well, RAN is a strong word. It wasn't pretty, but we got the miles in.

We chatted and enjoyed the scenery the entire time. Since Tunnel Hill is quite a distance from my house, we met up at 6:30am, about 30 miles south of home. By the time we got to Tunnel Hill, it was 7:30am. Luckily, it was much cooler on Sunday than it was on Saturday, and the trail is mostly shaded. It was a pleasant run; we chatted and had a good time. This is a good way to keep in touch with a friend that I normally wouldn't get a chance to spend much time with. By the time we had 13 miles, I was ready to be done. I gutted out the last 2 miles. I am really glad that we got together and ran the distance, though.

The verdict: Not so bad. I think training this way will be just fine...

8 comments:

AKA Alice said...

Not so bad at all...

Will you really be running only two days a week, or did I read that wrong?

Tammy said...

Nah, I'll still run during the week.

Normally, I would cut back on racing and run my long runs on Saturday morning with no run on Sunday.

P.O.M. said...

Long distance running with friends is a great way to catch up. Unfortunately, all my running friends live in different states!

PS: The lingerie dancing was in my hotel room - not in public. ha ha. I'm not THAT crazy!!! ha ha

ThickChick said...

Wahoo! Glad you found a comfortable routine. Your post made me miss having a running partner. Sigh. The good 'ole days.

Tom@RunnersLounge said...

I like your concept of racing followed by LR. Do you find yourself holding back a bit during the race when you know you have to run long the next day.

Hopefully you're still enjoying the races.

MizFit said...

OOOOH that should be my running tagline!

It wasnt pretty but we got the miles in.

(M. who is off to find more running friends where she lives...)

RooBabs said...

So impressed with the run, and good company and scenery definitely helps.

BTW, I hear ya on the OCD tracking. Back when I had a gym membership, I had a little notebook that I would tote around with me, and I would weigh myself every day and write it down, along with my distance, calories burned and amount of time for my workout. Now that I don't workout at a gym, I write down my weight in my food journals (and track it on FitDay.com). It's sometimes so strange to look back and compare...

Carly said...

Nice work on the 15 miles and what a fun way to do it.

I like your plan for the marathon. I will be taking notes.