Sunday Long Runs

March 8th, 2010

Yesterday, I ran a 17 mile long run on Milwaukee’s Lakefront, it was gorgeous. I especially loved Lake Park, since it sits between the waterfront and a neighborhood of amazingly beautiful (and enormous) million dollar houses. The architecture of these houses is just stunning and every single one is different, I wish I had thought to bring my camera with me yesterday. It was a nice change from running in my dinky town all the time, although I could have done without the 40 minute drive both ways.

I also came to the conclusion that wearing my fuel belt screws me up mentally. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I find that when I’m supposed to be doing my long run and I’m wearing that thing, all I can think about is how long until I take a break, and then I end up taking a million walking breaks during my run, which I talked about last week. I was having a pretty crappy, can’t focus, slippery ice is annoying kind of run through about the 6 or 7 mile mark, until I decided I should run back to my car, dump the fuel belt and then get on with the damn thing.  And miraculously, I had a much better run for the rest of it.  I think the problem is that wearing a fuel belt is a reminder, this is not a normal run, this is a long run, you are going to be running for hours, you look like a spaz, this is going to be boring, might as well save some energy by taking a walk break about here.

Well, next week I have plans to run a 20 mile long run with a friend I met on Daily Mile and I think that will make a big difference. I’m also still on the fence about that 5k next Saturday, I need someone to help me decide if I should run it or not.


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