Today’s long run was particularly difficult. For one, I think that I ate too much breakfast before heading out (I usually stick to one whole grain waffle with a little peanut butter, but I chose two instead). My stomach was churning for a bit at the beginning. I also chose a hillier route than usual; although, I am beginning to think all the trails are hilly around the northern Virginia area. Eventually, I did get into a rhythm and a light rain shower that started around mile four was refreshing. Later though my knees were bothering me. I realize the knee problem kicks in with distances over ten miles. It may be time to invest in a new pair of shoes.
I realize this is a post about complaints but I did not have anything better to write about. The rest of the day was delightful hanging out with some friends at the driving range. But moral of the story–the run is complete and it did get better towards the end (minus the knee pain) once I got into a good stride. I’m a little off the pace I wanted but it’s not a big deal in the grand scheme of my training plan.
Here are today’s stats: 12 miles, 1:53:16 (9:26 pace), 1,421 calories
Week 2 Recap (8/7-8/13): 3 days of running totalling 22 miles, 1 cross training day (including weights)