9:52, 8:50, 8:35, 8:30, 8:16, 8:14, 8:21, 8:20, 8:12, 7:57, 8:05, 8:08, 8:15, 8:03, 8:08, 8:05, 7:55, 7:48
I was planning on doing my long run while my daughter was at kindergarten, but my son was tested positive for strep throat last night and stayed home from school today. I can't leave him home alone for that many hours.
So 4am it was....and dark and lonely! I wasn't sure what to expect from this run. It was strictly off feel because it was too dark to keep looking at my watch.
As always, I mentally broke the run up into bathroom segments. I would think to myself....just make it to the Battle Creek bathroom...then the Lindon bathroom, etc. Not necessarily for potty needs, but more as land markers. They were all 4-5 miles apart. I like having those small achievable goals. I knew if I could make it there mentally, I would survive the early dark run alone.
My 16 miler was an amazing run for me. My AP was an 8:09. I knew I couldn't go that fast today and I think I'm pleased with my AP. It is still faster than my marathon pace (I need to run an AP of 8:23 to get my BQ). As I was finishing today, I kept thinking to myself that come race day, I still would need 8 more miles. That is an 1:10:00 more of running and could I hang on that long. It is going to hurt!
I stretched for awhile when I got home and soaked in the bath tub to warm up. I think the combination of those has left me with no soreness. Big success right there.
It was warmer when I left my house, but windy on the canal. I didn't bring gloves again and my hands froze. When will I learn!