I got up early to meet Chuck and Lance on the aqueduct at 5 am this morning. The temperature was probably around 30 to 32 degrees, but there was no breeze so it was not too bad. I only got to visit with Chuck and Lance for a little bit, however as, after 2 miles they sped up to Lance’s goal marathon pace – around 7:50 I believe. I got into a rhythm for awhile and did not fall too far behind. I saw splits go by at eight o-something, and even noticed on in the seven fifties. After 8 or so, however, I realized that 18 miles was going to be my longest run since that 20 miler around Dillon Reservoir in Colorado. And THAT run, was a sudden jump up from much lower mileage.
I figured it would be wise to back off a bit and so I cruised along in the eight twenties. After two out n backs, Lance and Chuck were waiting to wish me good luck on the rest of my run. I headed northeast. Since I was on my own, I decided to extend the run for four miles before turning back in order to save yet another repeat. (I don’t mind going back and forth on the aqueduct as long as I have someone to talk to or as long as I am involved in some hard effort run on which I want to focus.) At the north east turn around point I ran through the gate and went left over the bridge. I ran west to see where the road took me. After a mile of gradual climbing I ran into an area where they were once planning on building some houses. There were streets and some brick walls out there but nothing else. It was sort of eerie. I got all the way through the “neighborhood” and found myself under the big electric wire towers. I was just starting up a dirt path when my Garmin beeped that it was time to turn around. I ran back to the aqueduct and back along the aqueduct to where I started, thankful that I did not have to turn around once again.
I felt pretty good coming in which surprised me a little. Typically, as I build my long run miles over the course of a training plan, the first time I extend my miles, those new miles are slow and difficult. What I mean is that if my previous recent long run was 15 and I extend a run to 17 miles 16 and 17 are going to be slow and difficult. The next time I do that same 17 it will be much easier. Today, however, I extended from 15 as my recent longest run all the way to 18 and miles 16, 17 and 18 were not particularly difficult. In fact as I cruised that last mile I found myself, anxious to be done, speeding up little by little. The last half was 3:47 – a 7:34 pace…
Today’s miles – 18
This Week’s miles 56 (longest week since early July)
November’s miles 96
2012 – 1933