I think this morning's run could crack the top 10 Best Runs of My Life. Maybe it's because the weather was perfect - cool and partly cloudy. Maybe it's because my runs this week were really crappy and I was long overdue for a run in which I actually felt good. Or maybe it was because my husband bought me some PowerBar Energy Gel Blasts (MIRACLE IN A POUCH. Seriously)...but whatever it was, I'm VERY grateful.
No knee issues
No stomach issues
Just an incredibly satisfying 16 mile run at 8:24 min/miles, which, if my calculations are correct, would qualify me for Boston if I could maintain it for 26 miles. Honestly at the end of the run I felt like I could keep going for awhile, so that possibility is definitely in the back of my mind, but given my lack of training, I'm not going to hold my breath.
Anyway. Awesome run. Just what I needed. Followed it up with an ice bath, which is always kind of unpleasant at the time but so worth it.
The rest of the week? Pretty crappy. I was a total slacker on my non-run days and didn't do 30 Day Shred once all week (and this was going to be the week I attempted Level 3...oops). I did do my usual runs on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, but they all pretty much felt like crap. My legs felt dead, my stomach was bugging me... I was definitely not optimistic for this week's long run. But then it was perfect, so I guess I shouldn't give up on anything too soon.
Tuesday - 3 miles
Thursday - 4 miles
Saturday - 3 miles
Sunday 16 miles/2:14:31/8:24 min/mile (Goal pace!)
Total: 26 miles