My longest run yet felt pretty darn great!

This afternoon I went on my longest run yet – just over 8 miles! I was really happy with how well it went. I finished the run in about 1:17:30, giving me an average pace of around 9:37 min/mile, which I’m pretty pleased with.

Going into the run, I was a little worried about how well my left foot was going to do. It’s been feeling fine during my shorter runs this week, though I was worried that it might act up again on a longer run. But thankfully, my foot felt great during – and after – my run.

If there’s one thing that Anchorage does not have a shortage of, it’s trails. In fact, part of my run today was on a new trail that they are still working on. The dirt/gravel was a nice change of pace from the paved trails and sidewalks that I usually run on.

After today’s run, I’m feeling much better about my first 1/2 marathon coming up in 6 weeks. To be honest, I’ve been pretty nervous about being able to actually run the full 13.1 miles with a relatively short amount of training, but now my confidence is much higher.

One thing I discovered is that I’m definitely going to need to start experimenting with using some type of sports gel or energy bars during my long runs, because I could really feel my energy level dropping after about 5 miles. Any good recommendations?

Here’s hoping everyone has a healthy and happy 4th of July tomorrow!

Photo by darkmatter

16 thoughts on “My longest run yet felt pretty darn great!

  1. GO YOU ON THE RUN (she shouts!!!)

    Im no help on the gu or gel.
    I held mine through a long run at home and never used 🙂
    and same with the half.

    If you need suggestions on types to HOLD Im yer misfit!

  2. Great run! If you can do 8 miles at that pace you’ll have no problem finishing the HM. Keep up the great work!

  3. Thanks John. I’m feeling pretty confident about the 1/2 marathon at this point. Now that I’ve done 8 and 10 mile runs, I don’t have much doubt about being able to run the full distance, it’s just going to be a question of how long I can keep my pace up.

  4. Dude, that’s awesome! Did it ever occur to you during the run that you RAN farther than some people commute to work? 🙂

  5. That’s a great point Jeremy – my commute (one way) is only about 4 1/2 miles, so that definitely applies to me!

  6. That sounds (and looks) like a great run. Well done!

  7. Dude the last 1/2 I ran 8 miles was my longest run. You are right on track.

  8. Thanks Joe, I’m definitely feeling pretty confident about the 1/2 at this point.

  9. I’m still trying to wrap my head around running 8 miles. Seriously, this is some amazing stuff happening right here!

  10. Great job on the eight miles, the picture of that trail looks awesome.
    I’m going to have to get out around my local area more, I know there are some cycling trails but I may have to find some for running too.


  11. Congrats!!!

  12. I eat high fiber cereal (like bran flakes) because it seems to burn off slower. I would suggest the same to you.

  13. Good idea to try, thanks Frank!

  14. Wow, that’s a fantastic result!

  15. Some friends had me try the Hammer Gels and I like them a good bit. I used one at the beginning of my Tri and at my transition to the run. Good luck!

  16. FANTASTIC long run! Yes, I think electrolyte supplements are really important when going on long runs. I am totally partial to Clif Shot Bloks. In love. These are the most decadent gummy bears in the world, and they give you endless energy! I can’t recommend them enough.

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