Technology is wonderful until it isn’t. For some reason Garmin Connect (or my Forerunner, not sure which was the problem) wouldn’t upload today’s run data automatically or even manually, and when I tried to fix it somehow the entire run history (except for two) on my watch got deleted. Before I did that, I thought I’d just take a picture, but the splits somehow disappeared too? This is all I have left of my run today:
I was wayyyy too irrationally upset this morning, but I know I’m not the only one who would have a conniption over it. Man, I really wanted to go over those splits! This is why they say runners are crazy.
Now that several hours have passed, I think I’m ready to move on.
So! First long run is done. I wanted to get it out of the way before the weekend and figured I’d take advantage while I have a single-digit long run and do it this morning before work. Had to get up a little earlier (5:15; usually my alarm goes off at 5:30 on run mornings) but it wasn’t so bad. I’m a horrible procrastinator that early and really need to stop screwing around on my laptop while I’m having a cup of coffee, because I almost always end up out about 15 minutes later than I planned. Today I wanted to be running by 5:45. I ate a couple graham crackers (I don’t usually eat anything unless I think I’ll be out longer than an hour; my stomach can’t handle too much that early) and stretched out the coffee. Started at 5:59 so I’ll give myself a half pat on the back since it was before 6am.
This run was supposed to be a steady pace falling between 7:39 and 8:09. Started off slow (first mile was 8:45 I think?), and I wouldn’t call it “steady”, but ended up with an 8:05 avg, which I’m very happy with. I think mile 2 was like 8:3X, mile 3 8:2X, and then I can’t remember how it went after that. There were some 7:50s and 7:40s interspersed in there, but I’m almost positive I never dipped below 7:40-something, and I felt good throughout most of it. The weather was cooler than it’s been in a while, so that helped. I’ll give it a 7/10.
Overshot the distance and finished about a quarter mile from home, so I shut everything off and just jogged real slow the rest of the way to cool down. If I’d had time I would have spent it with the foam roller since by around the 5th mile or so my IT band was getting pissy, so I’ll have to do that later when I get home from work.
It’s still reall early and I could change my mind, but so far I’m really digging this summer training thing! 🙂