|Can you believe how blue the sky was??|
Yesterday my long run was a 12 miler. Last week, this didn't go so well. I hadn't had a rest day before the long run and my legs were so, so achy and tired. Well, it had to happen again that I didn't have a rest day before the long run, but this time it went better. It was actually warmer than I expected, so I took it off after the 2nd lap, and then tied my jacket around my waist in case I got too chilly, but that never happened! I did my 4/1 intervals, and focused as best I could on keeping the pace easy and relaxed. That has been such a struggle this winter. But I did much better, and I met my goal!
|Post long run selfie! Rocking the TTC gear! And the pigtail braids!|
I had to wait until mid-morning to ride because it was going to be pretty cold according to the forecast. However, by the time I left, it was already 60 degrees! I could have easily left an hour earlier and been quite comfortable on the ride. But that's OK! The family didn't have big plans today, so I didn't need to hurry back.
I knew I'd need to do about 4 laps to get all of the miles in, so I decided to break it up into a couple of segments. I wanted to practice eating my honey stinger chews while I am in motion. Since I am pretty sure I won't want to stop every 30 minutes during the HIM to eat! LOL I did decide to take 2 breaks - one after 1:30 and the other after 3 hours to check in with my hubby, and to check on my legs (since I ran long yesterday).
First break at 1:30 -
|My view when I took my first break! Truly was a gorgeous day to ride!|
|Fueling with a peanut butter sandwich!|
I stopped for the 2nd time around 3 hours into the ride, right around 42 miles. This was the distance I rode with the group last week, so I figured that would be a good place to evaluate how I was feeling. I ate the rest of my sandwich, and decided to go ahead and shoot for 55. But then, of course, 56 is the Half Ironman race distance, so I decided to go for that! LOL
|Looking behind me on my break. Looks pretty much like the other picture, right? This is what it looks like when you do 56 miles on a 7 mile long trail! LOL|
Those last 14 miles were harder mentally than physically. Ok, they were hard enough physically! LOL But harder mentally. I kept thinking, "I have to run a half marathon after I do this??" And then I was also mentally calculating the time I would have at this pace to finish the run and the swim before the cut off time. The race is 6 months away...don't need to stress about any of that, yet! :D
I hit the 56 mile mark and wasn't actually at the car yet - but that was OK! Mentally knowing that I can get to 56 miles was huge! It also helps me decide which mileage to sign up for on the next charity ride I want to do in April. The choices are 37 miles and 62 miles (and 100 miles - um, no!). Now I think I can probably do the 62 miler, especially since this ride is known for its rest stops with yummy food! LOL
Tomorrow is a glorious rest day, and then next week is Cut Back Week! My goals for Cut Back Week is to not skip my stretching and rolling! :)