This morning I ran the farthest I’ve ever run in my entire life. My goal was 6.5 miles, and I was determined.
To fuel myself before the run, I had a banana dog with almond butter.
And since I don’t have a Garmin or any accessory for measuring distance while I run, I jumped in my car and drove the distance to find my 6.5 mile route. Since it was a bit chilly, I wore my new Lululemon Jacket!
It’s so pretty! I love, love, love it.
After my distance-measuring trip, I strapped on the iPod and headed out. The first mile was the hardest. I looked down and saw that I was almost at 11 minutes for my first mile!! I knew I had to kick up the speed, so I made sure my next mile, and all the subsequent miles were under 10 minutes. At about half way point, I noticed that one direction took me on said-planned route, but the other route went right through my old campus (ISU)! I was feeling pretty good, so I took a trip down memory lane.
- I saw Fell Hall, the building I spent my first two years at day in and day out pretty much. As a broadcast journalism major, I spent many early mornings and late nights in the basement of this building, producing newscasts. So many great memories.
- I also saw my old dorm hall, Dunn-Barton or what used to be, and which has since been torn down. It was so old haha.
- Then I ran by the ISU baseball field and got a glimpse an ISU boys baseball practice 😉
That added a wee bit over a half mile to my run I would guess. After getting back on track, I felt great throughout the rest of my run. I ended up completing the seven mile run in:
- 1 hour, 2 minutes and 40 seconds
- Burned 750 calories
- Max HR=180
- Avg HR=165
I couldn’t believe it. It was like nothing could stop me!! When I finally got home, Shane took one look at me and knew I needed fuel LOL. so he started cooking up breakfast. In 10 minutes I was devouring:
Eggs; he burnt them a wee bit (which was fine, they were still wondeful!)
And two pieces of toast – one with preserves and one with nutbutter.
My metabolism must have been still on high, because not too much longer I was hungry again, and fed the beast with some fage, blueberries, and Kashi.
It was a glorious feast. But then… I hit a wall. Hard. I was exhuasted. I felt like crap and just lay on the couch for a good hour. I believe this was partly because I didn’t drink enough water yesterday at Six Flags. The other reason being this is the most I’ve ever physically exerted myself (except while playing volleyball probably.)
I’m not sure if I pushed myself too hard or not during the run, but I know I’m super proud of myself. I also know tomorrow will definitely be an easy re-coup day, heh. In the future, I might not go for runs longer than 6 miles. It’s not like I’m training for a marathon. The only races I have coming up are my 5k this Saturday (whoop whoop!) and my 10k in September. Why risk it, right?
Do you think doing long runs (more than 6 miles) should be limited unless training to run for a distance that long? I guess there’s always a chance I could decide to run in a half-marathon later this year or early next year, but I wonder if I should finish these short-distanced runs before I even start to think about training for a marathon. What are your thoughts?
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