Yesterday was my 16 mile long slow distance (LSD) run. I did 16.01 miles in 3:01:58, a 11:21 mile average.
I'm not speedy but I get the job done. Looking back on my average mile time, if I want to have a sub 5 hour marathon, I need to go just a smidge faster overall, and I mean a smidge. I need to allow some extra time for the "just in case" situations, like cramping, port-o-potty stops, and fatigue. Yesterday's run was a training run and it was all about the distance, and I did need to stop a few times for traffic signals. This year I want to be able to run the entire marathon route without having to stop, slow way down or walk due to fatigue. The thing that blows my mind about yesterday's run is the calories burned according to the wireless run tracker: 1525, but I guess that's why the carb loading is so important. I wore the Adidas Super Nova Cushions, but I think I'm gonna go back to the Asics Gel Nimbus for the super long runs. I never had blisters with the Asics Gel Nimbus after runs further than 14 miles. I have a blister on my one of my toes on my left foot, and my one of my toenails feels weird. It's too early in training to be getting blisters. The knees and everything else are feeling great. I did get my share of dust in the eyes, though. I had a hard time seeing to drive home , and I only had to go less than 2 miles . Today I don't feel any worse for the ware, no super sore muscles, no sharp knee pains as I had in the past, and it feels like the blister will resolve itself very shortly. Life is good.