I decided to do my first 16-mile run on my own rather than join the Sunday runners. I’m still feeling quite chesty and wanted to slow my pace to around 10.30, which would have meant lagging behind.
So I dragged myself out of bed at 6.15 tried to ignore the fact that it was raining and psyched myself up for the challenge.
I tried to keep things slow, and the overall pace of 10.10 was probably a little faster than was comfortable. I think I may be discovering my marathon pace at last. The last couple of miles were very difficult and I’ll be aiming for closer to 10.30-10.45 next week when I attempt 18 miles.
Another thing I learnt today was how much I need to strengthen my legs. I wasn’t too bad in terms of breathing, even with my cold, but the legs were in a bad way. No niggles or injuries, just very tired. So I’ll be adding more mileage over the coming weeks, but won’t be overdoing it.
So 16 miles and 2.42 hours running, my longest one yet!