That was…. long.
Sunday’s long, easy run was my longest ever run. It was also one of the most gorgeous. The soft trails at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge required just over four laps of the 2.4 mile loop trail. Despite the mid-30s temperature and strong winds, the trail was absolutely stunning.
Jessie paced me for the first five miles and made sure that I maintained a slow pace at the beginning. Under strict instruction from Coach Matt to take the first few miles easy, I began at just under a 10min/mile pace and gradually increased my speed over the next eight miles. My average pace for the entire run finished at just over 9min/mile.
I stayed in Zone Two, though, for most the run until I pounded some Run Gum and kicked in a stronger finish at the end.
My legs were certainly tired by the end, but they were in decent shape all things considered. While I disapprove of selfies in 97% of circumstances, with nobody else around to take a photo, Jess and I snapped one before heading home.
Following the run, I grabbed a delicious Oreo donut (yes, you read that correctly) and jumped into the hot tub and my GOODNESS did it feel nice.
Tomorrow (Monday) is an off day, followed by a strenuous double-workout Tuesday and hill running later in the week. Oy.
Merry Christmas to all those celebrating!