7/23/11 – 10 MILES
We started our second long run of the marathon training season at 6AM. It was 84 degrees with 61% humidity. Even though it was the same distance as last week, Chris changed up the route and ran us more in the neighborhood around the lake and off Greenville Ave. To say it was another tough Texas summer run 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, and I was still feeling a little under the weather. I wondered if I would be able to go the entire 10 miles and struggled through the Lakewood hills. However, at mile 6, 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.