We started our second long run of the marathon training season at 6AM. It was 84 degrees with 61% humidity. To say it was another tough July run in Texas is an understatement.
I felt horrible at mile 4. We started out at a 9:30 pace, which was 15 sec faster than the pace I wanted to keep. I had been feeling a little under the weather since Wednesday and wondered if I would be able to go the entire 10 miles. I struggled up the hills from the lake, and stopped several times for water. However, at mile 6, something changed and I felt great–all the way up to the end of the run. I have no idea why I suddenly felt better, but wish this would happen to me sometime in a race, especially around mile 23.
The original route took us a block from our house, so we incorporated a water stop in our driveway. Knowing there would be cold water and Powerade at mile 7 made a HUGE difference for most of us. Michael set up the video equipment and asked the group to describe today’s run.