While my seven milers tend to be some of my favorites of my training cycles, my eight milers tend to not be so great (see: Eight Mile Kryptonite). So, Saturday morning when I woke up, I wasn’t very excited about my run. I dragged my feet a bit, but finally got out around 7:30.
The first mile usually feels rough to me. I feel achy and stiff and I don’t feel like I’ve fallen into a good rhythm. The second mile usually feels about the same to me.
On Saturday I decided to go a different route so I could hit a lot more hills than usual, since my half marathon course will have some hills. I don’t typically have hills on the routes I normally run, so this seemed like a good option.
Around mile 3 I started to hit rolling hills, and ended up running on them from miles 3-7.25/7.5 . I used to be really bad at running hills, and now, even though it’s difficult, I definitely feel like I can run them and feel pretty solid (I think Rock’n’Roll St. Louis definitely helped my hill confidence).
I continued to try to run a negative split training run, and felt like I did a pretty solid job of that, even though my second half of the run had far more hills than the first half. Here are my splits:
Not quite a neat and tidy drop each mile, but I definitely picked up the pace as I hit the hills, which felt really good! The temperature was in the low-mid 40’s, but it was pretty humid, so the air felt thick. 8.3 miles complete!
I actually felt really strong throughout the run, and actually had a good time. I’ve been able to push myself a little bit more this training cycle, and I’ve been able to run a solid pace even though my legs are feeling the increase in pace. I’m pretty happy… especially about the hills 🙂
Now it’s your turn to share! What’s the most difficult distance that you run?