A Successful 18 Mile Long Slow Distance Run At An Easy Pace.
Wow. It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally recorded a long distance run that I’m happy with.
I ran 18.27 miles in 3 hours and 6 minutes, making it my single furthest long run ever and my longest this year.
I started out quite slowly at a 10:40 min/mile pace and naturally quickened up as the run progressed. I didn’t think about my speed at all even up to the end.
Going too fast on my recent long runs?
The run was more about trying to go as far as possible. The problem with my last few long runs has been that I’ve tried to force the pace whilst also going for distance.
It’s difficult to run both long and fast. It takes a lot of work and at the minute I need to be focusing on distance.
Speed will come once I’m confident in my ability to run the distance. The truth is that I’ve only ever managed 5 18 mile runs since I started.
This needs to increase otherwise I will never be comfortable with the marathon distance.
My Long Run Fuel This Morning.
I started the day off with a mild hangover that was cured by a trip to the shop where I bought 3 cans of Relentless/Monster, along with 2 packets of Rice Krispies Squares.
The Squares are my favourite running food that I’ve tried this far. They are delicious and easy to eat. I managed 8 of them in under 30 minutes and they are part of the reason I ran strong today.
Tired of the ‘Healthy’ running fuel choices.
I’ve been searching for food that I could possibly eat before a long run that will make me run better, but it’s always fucking awful tasting dirt like sweet potatoes, lentils, brown bread, porridge and fruit that’s being recommended.
I’ve no interest in eating prison food. I’m a free man living in a free country and the thought of eating porridge, gruel or potatoes sickens me.
What I will change on my next long run.
I’m gonna start experimenting with gels starting next week. I think running with only one 500ml of Lucozade isn’t sufficient to power a 3 hour run.
I need at least a litre of isotonic drink and 3 gels to run at my best.
Next week I’m hoping for another 18 mile run. I want to ensure I’m ready for the Titanic Quarter 25k that’s taking place in 2 weeks.
I’m confident that I will nail it, but I can’t take my foot off the pedal!