Long run of 7 miles

Saturday, January 07, 2012

My distances are getting longer but I'm slowing down a little instead of getting faster. I'm not sure what the reasons are. I didn't sleep too well this past week, that could have something to do with it. In any case, I will just keep going and hope that I'll see some improvement in the next couple of weeks.
I ran 7 miles at average heart rate of 134, total time 1: 37:19, average speed 4.3 mph.
The run felt great and I felt like I could have gone a lot longer.

I will take two rest days after my long run and then run again on Tuesday. Tomorrow I'm planning on a trail ride since we are expecting sunshine in the afternoon.
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  • no profile photo CD2854415
    Everyone here is right. Speed will come later. Just focus on the miles for now. There are so many factors that go into each run -- your nutrition, your sleep, the weather. One run will be slower, one run will be faster. Some runs leave you thinking, "What the heck?" And then other runs just come together for a perfect run. Your speed will come. Just keep running :-)
    3299 days ago
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    It will all come together. Keep plodding at those long runs. You will find they get faster over time. I am recovering from a calf strain just now and have been doing 1.5 - 3 mile runs and for some reason i am stuck on 12min miles.

    Awesome accomplishment on the 7 miles.

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    Outdoorsy Dad
    3300 days ago
    Thanks everyone for your encouraging comments. And you are right of course, I can't have more length and more speed and stay at the same heart rate. And I still have quite a few weeks before the Half- marathon to improve. emoticon
    3300 days ago
    You can't work on distance and speed at the same time. Having both comes eventually, but they aren't added at once. Do short sprint workouts and long, slow distance.
    3300 days ago
    Great run!
    Even if you run at a speed comfortable to you, running so long makes you stronger, and you will find you run faster.

    3300 days ago
    Don't worry about adding speed while you are doing your long run. It is counterproductive to increasing endurance. Big runs are supposed to be done slow. Worry about your endurance first and the speed will come later.
    3301 days ago
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