13 miles / 1:52 / 8:39 avg pace
After doing a few weeks of 18 and 20 mile runs, I’m not sure I can even count today as a long run. I have to admit, it was a nice break to only have to run 13 miles!
My neighbor, Maximus (his alias), joined me for the first 10 miles. He also ran the first 10 with me last week (the hot and nauseating run). I’m generally a solo runner but it’s nice to have a running buddy sometimes to make the miles fly by.
Today I stuck to my hilly loop. Generally I start and finish on the hilly loop but cross the scary bridge to get some middle flat miles in. Remember this scary bridge?
Me and the bridge made amends after my bloody 15-miler that resulted in a stitch. I’m still terrified of falling so I try to avoid crossing it if I can. I just didn’t see the point today so I got a double dose of hill work.
Onto the details. Splits…
And elevation. OK, it doesn’t look that hilly but trust me there are some tough ones in there, namely after miles 4 and 9.
Do you like hills? Would you prefer a hilly race or a flat race? If it’s a shorter distance race, I obviously prefer flat but for a marathon, some hills are preferable. NJM was pancake flat and I feel like I fatigued faster since I was constantly using the same muscles over and over.