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Sunday's Long Run

Sunday, January 12, 2014

On the schedule for today? 6.5 miles. Got up at 6am, fed the dog and let her out to do her deal. Took a look around the kitchen, let her in and went back to bed. Not an auspicious start to the day.

Slept like the dead for 2.5 more hours and only woke up when the dog shifted against my leg (yep, she's still in the bed). Laid there for another 10-15 minutes arguing with myself: just get out and do eeet!, no it can wait until tomorrow and then I can shift my other runs off by a day, just go!, but the bed is so warm and comfy...get the drift? I call it the Bargaining Stage of Running.

In the end I did get up and run:

6.5 miles (7 with the .5 mile cool-down)
88 minutes
13:34 pace/mile (weird, since I thought I was 'turtle-ing' it)
Weather: started at 32 degrees, ended at 40 degrees

It is the longest distance I've run in a quite a while, maybe a year plus, and I found a few areas of opportunity:
1. Getting out later only solidified the theory that I'm a morning runner
2. Hydration is King and will need to carry some sort of bottle
3. Nutrition could be a good thing to think about when I add more miles, maybe eat something ahead of the run (I usually have a cup of tea and out the door)
4. Some other stuff that came to me in mile 6 but are gone now ;-)

Next week the miles taper off some, so will have time to work things out.

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TRINIITY1 1/13/2014 10:45PM

    I know exactly what you mean about the warm bed!!!

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RACEWELLWON 1/13/2014 10:34AM

    Nice Run Ann - good for you ! Funny how those thoughts come and go in the midst of the workout . But I agree with everything you listed . That hydration even in the Winter months is key ! emoticon - Hugs K

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MBTEPP 1/13/2014 7:57AM

    The weather was exceptional for the Midwest yesterday, also I cannot wait for spring weather. Great day for a LSR. The slower the better on these distances they say, but it is hard to slow down. You did great.we all struggle with a bargaining stage at Times and Sunday mornings are the cruelest. I purchase my run off until it was the warmest and sunniest. congratulations, keep on training hard.

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GEMLADYONE 1/13/2014 12:39AM

    It's funny...I had to get up this am to run a 10K training run (race rehearsal for next weekend). I am NOT a morning runner, so it's important for me to do it at race time so I can adjust hydration / nutrition etc. as it's so different than when I normally go (after work, before dinner).

I think we all have that bargaining stage...good job to get it done!

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BLITZEN44 1/12/2014 10:56PM

    emoticon

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DOGLADY13 1/12/2014 10:10PM

    Huzzah! You made it out. Those are the best Non Scale Victories.

Re hydration on long runs. My husband uses a Camelback backpack style. It holds 1 gallon of water.

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TXPATRIOT 1/12/2014 9:57PM

    Runners get the "What was chasing you" thing

I saw on Pinterest the other day.

"If you are running for the 1st time when you are being chased, you will probably be caught" Thought that was funny!

Great job on getting out and running your long run!

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Comment edited on: 1/12/2014 9:58:20 PM

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2BDYNAMIC 1/12/2014 8:09PM

    Love that cartoon about annoying runners .......... emoticon And I always think of a good idea too when you are on the run, driving and can't grab the tablet! ............. Oh well ............... Great job! ............. My dh camped on the computer today, so I hopped on my air dyn bike and road like the wind, then onto my mini-stepper and more stretches!! A good day for all .............. emoticon

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CLUMBOY 1/12/2014 6:54PM

    hey--GREAT RUN!!! I am envious--will work on catching up to you! have a terrific week!

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FEARLESSNOW 1/12/2014 5:03PM

    Hey, sleep is part of a healthy life style too! Great job on your run today.

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WATERMELLEN 1/12/2014 4:28PM

    Good for you for negotiating yourself out the door! Me ditto re gym . . . . never wanna.

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MALAMI518 1/12/2014 4:18PM

    Great job getting out there! The warm bed is so hard to break away from sometimes, and it's easy to tell yourself that you've already missed the opportunity when you're later than you planned.

This struck me as funny: " Some other stuff that came to me in mile 6 but are gone now ;-) " only because it happens to me all the time.

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HILLRUNNER 1/12/2014 3:45PM

    Great run and good mental talking to yourself!! I do know what that is like!!
Sometimes I have to go into robot mode and not even think about it and make any excuses...and just do,it. WELL DONE!

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WILEE323 1/12/2014 2:45PM

    Way to get up and run! I know how hard it can be to leave that warm bed on a cold morning. I have that same argument with myself often.

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