Saturdays are my long run and I had 11k to do on my plan, so at 6:15 this morning I mapped out the distance approximately on MapMyRun and headed off.
I’ve mentioned before about the hills around where I live and it’s becoming apparent that the further the long runs go the longer they are. I usually have a choice on any run greater than 8k and that is: do I start my run or do I finish it with a 3-4k incline. I tend to want to get it out of the way early so that the rest of run is relatively flat and I can get some nice rhythm going.
Today was no different except the incline was for 4.3k and I spent the next 2k recovering. Around the 7k mark I stopped at milk bar and grabbed a small can of “V”. From here I only had 4k to go and was enjoying it until I hit South and West Streets corner. I’d never run this route before and I had to stop to eye up my options. My mind said that by going left, I’d be running further away from home, so I opted for “right” – Wrong! About 600m up I realised that I’d gone the wrong way and as the Northern Golf club was between me and my destination, I had no choice but to continue.
My 11k ended up at 13k and gave me a huge amount of confidence knowing that I could still have gone on and that the Half is well within my grasp in under 2 hours.