It’s hard to work on your marathon pace when your constantly running hills, so this week I finally drove myself to some flats on the south shore of Long Island.
But before that, somehow, I raced again.
The Sayville Summer Fest 4 miler is a mainstay on our race calendar, so we of course found ourselves sucked in to something we ideally wouldn’t want to be doing–racing the day before a long run.
No worries though, the 4 miler was a great tempo run.
I even got a sweet bag for my 3rd place age group finish. It’s a step up from stringy bags (which I despise), so I might actually use it. 🙂
My 16 miler was beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for much better weather considering the recent oppressive humidity, and I actually felt stronger than I did the day before.
I did have some gear related issues:
1. Iphone’s audio stopped working at mile 6 (sweat induced malfunction?)
2. Garmin died at mile 9 (my fault for not charging it)
3. Phone with Map My Run back up died at mile 15.22 (my battery is horrible lately)
Anyway, my legs never died–and that’s all that mattered.
This is what Map My Run had when I got my phone powered back up…clearly I stopped to address my gear issue!
Anyway, getting my long run done on flats was everything I hoped it would be:
1. I got to work on my marathon pacing
2. I got to run in the general area of the course
3. Gave my legs a break from the grueling hills I’ve been running
In last week’s post I talked about my goals for this marathon (or lack there of!), and after this long run, I think I’m pretty close to honing in on them. I definitely don’t mind putting them out there in a logical manner–I’m just still working them out in my own head!
Do you like to put your goals out there, or keep them to yourself?
Has your gear ever malfunctioned on a run? How did you deal with it?
P.S.- Did you know I’m doing a Tough Mudder next Saturday?! Ahhh!
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