I know it’s odd to write a weekend recap on a Saturday but I’m done with running for the week (I’m taking a barre class tomorrow, which I’m sure will sufficiently kick my butt).
Funny how running works…on Tuesday I was nervous and not feeling confident at all. Then I had great runs yesterday and today and now my confidence is starting to come back.
Since I had already planned for my 20-miler to be a long, slow distance run, I knew I could get in some marathon-paced miles on Friday without adversely impacting Saturday’s run. My plan was to run 6 miles at MP. I felt great and the miles seemed easy. Turns out they were faster than MP – 8:13, 8:13, 8:08, 8:08, 8:05, 8:08. Sweet! Gotta love when that happens.
We got “snow” overnight. This is my kind of snow though – sticks to the grass and trees but leaves the sidewalks and roads just wet. It pretty much “snowed” the entire time I ran so I put my hood up and hunkered down for 20 miles. It was really beautiful out. No wind, wasn’t too cold, and everything looked so pretty. I love LSD runs – no pressure, just fun. I finished in 2:59 (8:57 average pace).
Fun fact: A year ago, I was in San Fran for my birthday and I ran 15 miles. I remember being so happy that my average pace for a long run was 9:00; that was huge for me. And now a year later, it’s my LSD pace. Hooray for progress!
I am so ready to celebrate my birthday. I’m not-so-patiently waiting for Matt to come home from the airport. He was away for 2 weeks (again). Boo.
I hope your weekend is off to a good start!
The snow was so pretty today! Totally my kind of snow too 🙂 Yay for progress and feeling confident again!!
WOW!!! You did awesome on your second 20-mile run. You go girl! I ran this morning in the snow also and yes, this snow is good snow. I was HOT after the first mile. Overdressed… grrrr…
Have a wonderful time out for your birthday and hooray to running progress.
Happy Belated Birthday! 35! You are a young one. 🙂 Enjoy your birthday celebration.
Nice work on knocking out 20 miler #2! I have 20 miles tomorrow. uggg. Wish I was done like you!
I have to admit when I saw this, my first reaction was “Weekend recap?? She still has a running day left. :)”
I used to be so proud of myself for maintaining a 9:30 pace and 6 miles used to be a long run. Hahaha
Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen says
Great runs – both the speedy six and long and slow 20! I love the comparison to your average pace a year ago…it gives the rest of us some hope 🙂 Hope you had fun celebrating your birthday!
That is HUGE progress for just one year! Happy birthday!