IM Louiville

IM Louiville
Bikes racked at Ironman Louisville 2010

Sunday, February 20, 2011

First Long Run

Can you really call 6 miles a "long" run? Well for me, you can. It's been a very long time since I've been able to run well. I did 9 miles in early November then had a boot put on. The boot came off some time in January and I've done a few small runs here and there - starting with 10 min, 15 min, 20 min, etc. In fact, I think when I got into running way back when, I started much faster!

I helped arrange a preview run of the Quarryman Challenge yesterday. This is a local, very hilly run that is a really nice course and a great training venue for those going to Boston. On a Saturday morning, traffic is very light and the village helps out by allowing us use of one of their community buildings so we have shelter and bathrooms before and after the run. Last year at this time, I was cranking out the full 10 miles at - at least for me - was a pretty strong pace! Yesterday was a 6 miler that I really had no idea what pace I could hold.

But it went OK. Pace wasn't nearly as quick as last year, but that's to be expected. Last year at this time, I was coming off of the Goofy Challenge and was really kinda sick of running pretty early on in the season last year. I've decided that doing a winter marathon is really a bad idea for me - unless I have a lighter triathlon schedule, those winter marathons take it out of me both mentally and physically.

I'm hurting a bit today, but glad to get out and actually RUN more than 2 miles! Who knows what that will mean for my running this season but I'm glad to finally be able to run, no matter what the pace. Someone asked me earlier this week: what discipline would you pick if you could only do one: swim, bike or run. I still cannot really answer that. I love to swim. Biking is fine, but it takes a lot of equipment and time, and running is the most social.... This is a tough one.


Kelly said...

Yay for a long run! I miss my long runs too...haven't had one since NOvember! I don't think I could pick just one...the answer would probably change depending on the time of year you asked me!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Good for you and congrats on the long run!

Caratunk Girl said...

Yay for the long run, I hope it is the start of many more! So good that you were able to finally run!

Pen said...

Biking would be my choice, because it is just so much fun to go fast! However, I do wish it was more convenient. My kids weigh too much to trailer now, so I don't get out as much as I'd like to. I am beginning to love those long runs though. That IS a tough question.

Kiersten said...

I am on the injury train with you, and my 6 mile run in Florida might as well have been 26.2. It felt like a total victory. Congratulations!

Laura Wheatley said...

MJ - AWESOME!! I am so glad to hear this! Keep at it, slow, steady, and STRONG and you will be BACK AT IT in no time!! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm feeling the very same thing! Today was my first 'long' run at 5.6 miles! Glad you're back up and running again!!