Wednesday, 22 September 2010
A better long run
11 days until my next attempt to qualify for Boston.
Yesterday I went for my last long run before the marathon.
I treated the first 5.4 loop through town as a warm-up. I took it nice and slow. I wanted to fool my body into thinking that it really wasn't running yet.
The second lap was good. I had a niggle in my upper legs, but overall I felt good, and my pace was faster.
My third loop, up to 16.2 miles, was encouragingly. Instead of feeling gutted at the end of it, I felt like I still had energy reservers. There was some tiredness, but I was still running. Now it was dark, so I ran with my flashlight. I had a sports drink and brownie hidden in a tree at the start of each lap, and I sampled both at the end of each lap. It was a mild evening, and I ran in shorts and a synthetic t-shirt. I sweated.
On the final lap, I felt o.k. I was able to hold my pace for the most part, though I slowed on the climbs.
Near the end of the run, I stopped because a man had apparently collapsed on the pavement (sidewalk). He was older, overweight, and semi-conscious. A passer-by phoned for an ambulance.
So, my final long run of this training session was encouraging. I'd run 21.6 miles in 3:02.
Earlier in the day, before my wife returned, I took my children to a local castle. The children had been there before, and enjoyed showing me where the dungeon was, and how the bathrooms were just holes leading to the sea next to the castle walls. In the former dining hall, there was a nice picture of what a medieval meal may have looked like.