Well, the weather certainly cleared up here in Chicago. Yesterday was absolutely beautiful, and I was so excited to have the chance to run along the lakefront trail.
For the first time, I actually did my long run in the afternoon. I still had work stuff to do yesterday morning, but I had all afternoon free so I decided to get the run in then. And it was absolutely perfect.
I headed north on the path for 8.5 miles before turning around. It took everything in me to not run 10 miles on the way out. I knew that I could push through and get there, but I am still having some weird pains in one ankle, and I really really don’t want to injure myself.
My pace, though slow, was very consistent. And I actually managed to negative split, or run faster during the last miles of the run. My average pace overall was about 10:05. Like I said, not fast.
But I felt strong and it was consistent (except when I stopped to take multiple pictures). And like I have said many times, my long runs are not meant for speedwork.
Here are some photos of the scenery yesterday:
It’s pretty strange that I spent almost 3 hours of my free time on a run instead of shopping or visiting a museum. But this run was reassuring, which is exactly what I needed. I am finally getting more confident that I may actually be able to complete a marathon.
Until then, I will leave you with an awkward self picture:
I may or may not have been called out by another runner when I was taking this. You are welcome.