18 Mile Progression Run
During the first two miles, I was cold and slow. It was 40 degrees - not really that cold, but it took 3 miles of running to warm up.
During the middle miles, I sped up and for the last miles, it felt good to speed up even more and that's how I ended up doing a progression run today (9:19/mi average).
I ate cereal bars before the run, drank water every three miles and ate a Gu gel at miles 6 and 12. I'm experimenting with less gels on my runs, not because I don't like gels, but maybe I don't really need as much as I usually eat.
I hopped in the ice cold bath water afterwards because although I skipped it a couple of weeks ago, I'm getting too close to the marathon (Jan.30) to experiment with skipping ice baths. I had some cocoa and after the first couple of minutes, it was bearable.
Afterwards, my husband and I went to our favorite Mexican restaurant, Lupe Tortilla. I'm usually not very hungry after a long run, but maybe because I ate less during my run, I was very hungry today. I think I'll be ready for peach cobbler and ice cream later!
I hardly feel like I ran 18 miles today - not nearly as sore as I was after my 16 miler last Monday which followed a sick week. Any run where I feel great during the last miles and afterwards, too, is a great run!
Have a great first week of 2011!