Well, my first 17 mile run is now in the past, and I am still loving the marathon training. I was originally going to do the 17 miles Saturday morning, however decided that my sons birthday party was more important and knew I would not be able to help make his party a “hit” if I was too tired from running. I didn’t have a very good lunch because the birthday party was hamburgers and hot dogs, so I waited to have a better dinner prior to running. Because I wanted to allow myself plenty of time for the food to digest I started my run at 8:00 PM. (Yes, it was already dark.)
As I started out I quickly realized that leaving this late meant I would running under street lights for the run, but thought nothing of it since I am usually an early morning runner and usually start when it is dark. After a quick stretch routine I was ready. It only took me 1/2 mile to get into my zone, which surprised me because on morning runs it usually takes me 2 to 3 miles. I was thinking that this run was going to be a breeze, and quickly settled into my 8:45 per mile pace. I remember thinking that I may need to start running at night instead of mornings if they were going to be so easy. I ran my 11 miles the week before at the 8:44 pace, so didn’t think to much of it and I felt much better on this run than I had on that one…so far.