Yesterday I did my last 10+ mile run before the La Jolla Half on April 28th. Next weekend I’ll be in NOLA for a Main Street conference, so I’ll only be able to get in an 8-miler the morning we leave. Then the next weekend I’ll probably start my taper.
For my long runs, I usually run through several coastal cities, and that’s how I mentally gauge it. “Ok, I made it through Del Mar…next, Solana Beach, etc.” This was a new run for me, and I knew it was going to be mentally difficult. I coerced my mom to ride 12 miles on her bike, while I ran. We went 1 mile through town (Coronado) to make it to the Silver Strand. Then the next 5 miles out were flat and straight. There’s nothing really out there, no big change of scenery. I knew I just had to make it 6 miles and everything would be easy coming back. It helped I found a good playlist on 8tracks with new songs that I ended up liking.
I set the initial pace around 8:30 and slowly inched my way up as the miles increased. The whole time I just tried to keep a pace below 9:30. At 5.75 miles I pushed myself to pass a boy (whose running reminded my mom of my brother) and sprinted the last quarter mile before I hit 6. My fastest point at that time was around a 6:30.
I finally felt like I had a good long run, and it was kind of nice to have my mom following my pace. At the end, I told her to go ahead because I wanted to push myself to catch up. I sprinted mile 11-12 for a final mile pace of 7:30. My overall run was a 8:46/mile, much better than my 10 mile runs have been going.
Post-run and after leaving my mom’s, I made the trek to Costco with my boyfriend, again, on a Sunday afternoon. Not the best idea when you’ve got large families foraging over free samples. At least this daunting task resulted in a juicy and flavorful surf and turf dinner a la ribeye and scallops that I DIDN’T HAVE TO COOK! Woot, woot. Looks like the turf beats the surf.
Anybody know any good running routes in New Orleans?
Where’s your favorite place to do a long run?