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!
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