Monday, January 12, 2009

Long Run Monday!

Today was my designated "long run" day since marathon training should be occurring right about now. Still undecided about which marathon, as I'm probably going to run with at least my boyfriend and maybe a couple of his friends. I think the two in the running (haha!) are the Delaware Marathon or the Pocono Marathon, both of which are on May 17th. I'm worried that it might be kind of warm, and the last thing I want to do is run a hot marathon, especially after my experience at the Chicago Marathon in 2007! We shall see, I suppose.

Run for the day:

Monday, January 12th
9.1 miles in 1:11:03, avg pace of 7:48

I was only going to run eight miles today, but it wasn't nearly as cold as I expected it to be, so I added on an extra mile. One aspect of training that I really need to buy into is the idea of doing long runs SLOW. I'm not even sure my marathon pace will be 7:48, so I obviously shouldn't be doing long runs at that pace! I always start off with good intentions, but then I feel good and one mile just gets faster than the one before. Here are my splits, case in point: 8:04, 8:06, 7:57, 7:55, 7:42, 7:46, 7:35, 7:38, 7:30. At least I can say I felt good at the end.

I'm really excited to watch The Bachelor tonight! I admittedly am a HUGE fan of some reality television, and I really like The Bachelor even though the engagements inevitably don't work out. We used to have "bach parties" in college where some of my friends and I would get together and watch every week...and we could each pick out our favorite girls, of course. I think I secretly want to go on all the amazing dates that people on the show get to go on...helicopter rides, ITALY, dinner on a battleship, etc. You have to admit, that'd be pretty awesome.

Stayed tuned for updates on Chicago's possible "blizzard warning," whatever that may mean...


  1. I also have a hard time doing my long runs slow enough. But it's a good sign that you're running negative splits! Much better than starting out too fast and then burning up at the end :)

  2. Natalie, lives 35 minutes from my hometown. My buddy works in that town (Morton, IL) and people say she is the opposite of hard if you get my drift.

  3. I love The Bachelor! Make sure you read Lincee's recaps at - they're hysterical and make the shows so much more fun :)