Saturday’s run. What to say about Saturday’s run? It was pure awesome.
Set the alarm for 4:20 to meet my a friend at 5:00 to start our 20, with plans to swing back to our starting point a couple of times to pick up others along the way. I clearly messed up on the alarm because after a little bit of insomnia, I finally gave in to looking at the clock. Crap–4:52! Threw myself together, ran out the door and managed to get there by about 5:12 or so.
Happily, that was the only low point of the day, because things just got better. You know how you always have one really good long run in a training cycle? This was mine. I just felt great the whole way. I finished it off feeling like another six would have been easy. I know I’m not at my “normal” speed, but I can say I don’t ever recall a 20 feeling this easy before. Just like it’s sometimes hard to figure out why a long run can be really bad, I’m not quite sure what made this run great, but I have a few theories.
For one, I think finding my mid-foot strike and being fairly adjusted to it now makes long runs much less taxing than when I was a heel striker. I’ve noticed all along this training cycle that I recover SO much faster than I ever used to, and now I think it is paying off during the runs as well. My legs just don’t fatigue like they did with the old form.
Another thing I did differently today was take one extra gel, simply because of the way we set up our loops. I usually take one around every six miles, but today did the
first at five miles, the second at 11 miles, and then one last one at 16 miles. In the past I might have just skipped that last one with only four miles to go. Maybe I do better with gels closer together?
I don’t know, but whatever clicked Saturday, I’ll take it. Nothing better than a confidence builder as far as I’m concerned!
Who else had a good one this weekend?