Huge increase on performance for my 11 mile run!!! :)
Saturday, April 10, 2010
In my training for my half-marathon that is in 3 weeks, I made it to the 11 mile run today. After a miserable, painful, awful 9 mile run two weeks ago, I was not looking forward to it.
However I did awesome!! I ran at an average of 10:06 a mile which is 1:14 a mile better than my best long run time!!! More importantly, I felt great! I had minimal soreness in my hips, which usually bug me after about 6 miles. I had a bit of fatigue at about 55 minutes in, right before refuel (gel), but after that kept trucking and even had a bit of energy at the end to go a little faster the last 1/4 mile :)
I learned some important lessons today that I credit this huge increase in performance to:
1. No alcohol the night before or even a few days before a big run really helps
2. Fueling, refueling, and hydrating are just as important as training. I knew this but have struggled with the hydrating side and with figuring out when to refuel...
3. My heart rate monitor was holding me back! I was obsessed with staying in a certain 'target' range to make sure I had enough energy for the whole run. All the while, I could have been working harder because my body can handle it!! I MUST listen to my body. So I am forgoing the HRM for the half-marathon (which I was already considering due to concerns about the strap rubbing and chafing).
4. I am ready for this!! All my hard training is paying off and my body is working with me now that I am being nicer to it :)
I am still in awe, shock, and probably running off endorphins! I can't believe I ran that fast for so long! I am so proud of myself!!!