With the upcoming Easter holiday and my family's usual holiday travels, I decided that I was going to do my long run this morning. However, it seemed as though the universe was conspiring against me.
I went swimming again Tuesday night (1450 meters straight, a new personal record!), and really enjoyed the opportunity and the workout. But when it was time to go to bed that night, my body and mind were still amped up a bit. I was also starving. So, I ate a snack, but was still wide awake until nearly 11:30pm. I slept like crap all night, waking up constantly. I was so tired that I skipped my Wednesday morning workout, and my body was really sore from the extended swimming.
Then I decided to do my long run, and I skipped my lunch hour run, saving my energy for the 10 miles the next morning. My lack of sleep was apparent at 8:30pm when I was tired and cranky, and sad that my alarm was going to be going off at 3:30am.
I woke up before my alarm at 3:14am. I was tired, but excited to go out for a nice long run. I got the fuel belt ready, loaded with Carborocket, and I decided to return to some static stretches (read "toe touches"). I had gotten away from these recently because of some recent articles about dynamic stretching (read: "skipping"). However, as I have been searching for my lost speed, I decided to go back to some of my old tricks in the hopes of finding the answers.
And I must have found it because I felt great when I went out for the run and I did my first mile in 7 minutes! I knew I was pushing a little bit too much, so I pulled back a touch and aimed for 7:30 miles. At mile 4, I slowed to a walk and drank half of my bottle, planning to drink the remainder at another stop. I caught my breath and walked a couple of hundred yards. When I took off again, I felt great! I completed the first 5 mile loop in 38:30, or 7:42 per mile. Considering the walking break, I felt like I was spot on with my speed.
The wind was picking up during my second loop, but any rain managed to stay away. I was ripping off miles at a pretty consistant 7:30 pace. Some of the hills were a bit tougher the second time around, and I knew I was pushing my abilities a bit, but I was so excited to be having such a great run. At mile 8, I extended my walk a little bit further and refueled once again.
This time when I started running again, I did not have the energy that I did at mile 4. But I concentrated on my form, making sure that I was using my arms to pull me along, and I pulled in front of my house at exactly 1:17:02! I ran 10 miles with two refueling breaks at a consistent 7:42 pace! It really felt good! I knew I had had one great run!