|This is the winner (on the left) of the Salt Lake City Marathon--SO fast!|
|This is my coworker after finishing his first half marathon. Pure joy on that face!|
After we left the race, Running Roommate and I went for a 12 mile run. I've been SO nervous for this run all week. I am very thankful that RR was willing to join me and help me out with my long distance runs. The weather was perfect--60 degrees and sunny. Unfortunately, the weather started out with clouds and rain so we hadn't put on sunscreen so when the clouds parted 30 minutes after we started our run we had no hope of not getting sunburned. Oops--lesson learned! It didn't affect our run, though. We stayed on pace pretty much the entire time. I learned a few important lessons this weekend about how to have a successful long run:
- Fuel, Fuel, Fuel: We brought Gu and stopped every 4 miles to refuel. This kept our energy up and gave our muscles something to burn.
- Water, Water, Water: I really need to buy some extra bottles to attach to my Nathan belt. I am always short on fluid during my long runs and it's getting to be a problem.
- Pace, Pace, Pace: Memo to self: do not try to run the long runs at the same pace you do your short runs. It's not going to happen for you. I ran my 10k last week at a 10:30 pace, but we did this run at a nice and steady 11:20ish pace and it made all the difference in the world.
Here's a quick look at my run:
This run was exactly what I needed. I finished the running knowing that I was capable of adding a mile to it and running a half marathon in a couple weeks. I also gained some important knowledge that I will need for the rest of my long runs while I train for my full marathon. It's a beautiful thing!