Longest Run Yet

Today was my scheduled 18 mile run. I expected it would be about 3 1/2 so I wanted to get an early start. I woke up at 5:30 and started getting ready. Sunrise was at 6:19 and I didn’t want to run in the dark. I stumbled into the kitchen and had my breakfast bar, a GU,  and some water.  I looked at the weather and it was 43 degrees with 98% humidity with a windchill of 41 degrees. It was supposed to get up to about 63 so I wasn’t sure whether to wear my regular shirt or my long sleeve thermal shirt. I didn’t want to be too hot. So I chose my regular shirt. I fed the dog and went out to walk her. COLD! After coming back in I changed my shirt.

I headed out and wanted to take it nice and easy since the was going to be the longest run by 2 miles, my knees bothering me, and with the scare I had on Thursday with almost rolling my ankle. Everything went great. My breathing was like I was just walking fast, not running and my knees and foot were good to go. My pace seemed pretty good too. I decided I would take a GU every 4 miles and only drink every 2, something I have been working on all week, to sort of simulate race day.

I felt really good during the run and turned around at the 9 mile point which was my furthest turn around point so far and was still feeling great! The temperature was increasing but I was comfortable since there was a nice cool breeze. I guess I made the right call to change shirts. At 11 miles, I stopped at the store to refill my water. It only took about 2 minutes and I didn’t want to stop the clock because it won’t stop during the race on water breaks.

Back on the road, I got right back into the groove and felt great. Everything was going good. Pace, foot, knees, and breathing were all good. At about mile 15 I started to feel a little pain in my left hip where I’d had some ITB trouble several months ago and my Glutes were getting tired. I kept going and made a silent cheer at mile 16, now it was all new territory. Up that last big hill during the last mile then the final turn toward home. Mile 18! I felt really good and my hip was fine now  too and I still wasn’t breathing hard. Here are the stats:

7 September 13 Run


Pace was right on track, fastest max speed ever, over 1200 feet on hills, longest run ever, and something I didn’t expect or even try to do…

7 September 13 PB Half Marathon


FASTEST Half Marathon!

Today was definitely a win for me.

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14 thoughts on “Longest Run Yet

  1. Awesome. Congratulations. That is a long way to run!!!

  2. Fantastic job! I’m proud that you train like the marathon. Great call. Plus, great will power to not stop the clock! You da man!

  3. PaulSmuts

    Congrats on the awesome LONG run!

  4. Big new milestone David — well done. For the cold, I always say to myself, if you’re cold at the start of your run, then you’ll feel excellent two miles in. If you’re warm or comfortable, then it’s going to be a sweat session. That said, if you’re TOO cold, then an additional layer if always a good precaution.

    One more big milestone until the race itself. Keep up the great training.

  5. Awesome news! Great job and I’m jealous to hear about your cool weather! Chicago weather isn’t that cool yet, and I sure am excited when it will be!

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