Training Update: The Long Run

I’m not sure about how most runners feel, but my favorite part of training for half and full marathons is the long run.  Once a week for the next four months, I get to leave the puppy at home, turn off my pedometer, blast trashy hip-hop and pop music, and roam around Seattle for as many as 24 miles in one morning.  I recognize that most people read the last bit of that sentence and thought, “this chick is insane.”  I get it.  A 24 mile run does not, on paper, sound like a good idea.  It sounds hard, and unnecessary, and like something that would immobilize an individual for days to come.  But the act of running a distance that extreme is actually kind of beautiful – it’s a test of physical and mental endurance, in which my body has to find a way to beat out a mind that pretty much always just wants to hit the pub.

Today’s long run was glorious for two reasons:

1) Seattle actually looked like a city that was experiencing something that might resemble summer.

2) I finished in an astonishingly fast time.  11 miles in 1 hour and 42 minutes, which is insane for me.  I have never ran 11 miles that quickly.  Ever.

But really, Seattle really came out of her gray, gross shell for about 24 hours – which really propelled me to run harder than I likely would have if I had decided to do the long run on a day like Monday.  Hopefully the See Jane Run half marathon is graced with blue skies – if it is, I am almost certain to PR on race day.  Woot! Here’s some scenes from today’s run, which you’re likely to agree was a pretty stunning tour of my pretty little city.

Burke Gilman Trail

Can’t wait to fly one of these things (someday)!

The City’s icon, before being enveloped in clouds (again).

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One thought on “Training Update: The Long Run

  1. Congrats on your 11 miler! I agree with you, I absolutely love the long run part of training. The best ones are the 15-18 milers, where I know that I will be out on the trails for a long time, but not so long that I won’t be able to walk the next day.

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