Ok, you read about the miserable run I had on last week's race. I had been pretty bummed out all week and I did not do much in the way of working out other than lifting some weights.
Well, the winds, they are a changing...
Hurricane Gustav has been pulling some amazing weather down from the north into H-town. On Saturday morning the temps were 72 degrees with 48% humidity!!! That rarely happens in Houston. Most times it is 72 degrees and 79 - 83% humidity. So our Nike Women's Marathon group was going to run 14 miles and the San Antonio Rock n' Roll Marathon group was going to run 12 miles. Since I had skipped last week's 18 mile training run due to resting up for the Oly tri I wanted to make sure to do the longer distance and add a bit extra with an extra loop around Memorial Park to "head out long" before running towards downtown and the George R. Brown Convention Center.
It was an AWESOME run!!! I felt great the entire time. I remembered to have an inhaler that worked and I only had to use it before I got started. It was funny to run past the finish line of the Food Allergy 5K and see them unloading plastic bakery boxes of muffins out of the back of a truck. What's up with that??!!?? LOL!!! "Hey, are you Glutin intolerant? Have a muffin!" I am wondering if they had little bags of nuts and milk to hand out as well.
I made two pit stops. The park stop was not as long as making the stop in the Hilton. I stopped to fill up some of my Fuel Belt bottles. Total non running time was around 7 minutes.
I was feeling so good that on the way back into the park, I decided to "run in long" all the way around the park rather than "go in short" and go about 1/4 mile back to the picnic table. I felt GREAT!!! I was stunned when I looked at my stats...
Distance: 19.03 miles
Total Time: 3:00 hours, 56 seconds
Max HR: 154 bpm
Ave. HR: 140 bpm
Max Pace: 7:25 min/mile
Ave Pace: 9:31 min/mile ( 7 min of stops included in this)
My calves are a little tight, but nothing bad. Yesterday I spent most of the day in bed with a terrible migraine that made me want to rip off the right side of my head. I have a feeling it was due to stuff in my neck and back but I feel better this morning after laying around all day watching Indy racing with my kid and sleeping 10 hours.