I’m tired, ya’ll. I woke up before 5:00 a.m. in order to get my longish run in before the weekend, which will be spent working in my office (this only happens once a year, thank goodness).
So, ~12 miles in by 7:15 a.m. – I think that’s a new record. I’ve been feeling fairly crappy at the beginning of my long runs recently, but then about an hour or so in I feel so much better. I actually pushed the pace at the end of this run, which I think is a good sign (getting fitter? faster?) 🙂
This morning was beautiful – I split my long runs between Central Park and Riverside Park, and my favorite is when I get to the Hudson for the Riverside Park portion of the run. Gorgeous! And I can see New Jersey! (hehe).
I needed breakfast.
And then I braved the subway totally uncaffeinated. I (and my fellow commuters) lived to tell about it, but I made a beeline for Starbucks as soon as I could. Ahh.
And then the day happened, work occured, lunch and dinner were consumed at my desk and pretty much the same stuff I’ve been having all week. Meh.
I haven’t “officially” started training for the NYC Marathon yet (mid-July is the plan), but I always get in a long run each week. Many people (I’m talking to you, non-runners) ask me why on earth I run for 2-plus hours just because I feel like it. It’s hard to explain, I guess. Long runs for me are a guaranteed couple of hours I get to myself to sweat, think, and of course there’s the runners high. I’ve had some great ideas on long runs (some forgotten before the run even ends, but whatevs), explored some cool places and gotten way more physically fit. Looking forward to a long run is almost like looking forward to plans with an old friend, even if that old friend is just me! (Haha, ok now I sound totally weird). I haven’t even been listening to music on my long runs lately, just enjoying the sites and sounds around me has been bliss (and the millions of things going through my head).
Now I’m off to enjoy:
Don’t be too jealous. 🙂
Want some tips on how to make your long runs count? Long runs
As for marathon training, I’m trying to come up with a plan that will push me, but at the same time get me to the starting line injury free. Suggestions are more than welcome!
Today’s not really my Friday, but if it’s yours, then Happy Friday!
Question: How do you feel about long runs?