5 miles in 38:23 tonight – not bad after 18.2 miles on Sunday

Tonight’s run was pretty smooth – no drama, which is always nice. After an 18.2 mile run on Sunday I wasn’t sure how the legs would do but they appear to have recovered very well!

Tonight I started with some time at 7 mph before bumping up to 8 mph for most of the run. I did a few surges at 9 mph (for a total of about 3 minutes over the whole period in 30-60 second chunks) and had 1 minute of walking. Finished out the 5 miles in 38:23 with a 1% incline.

I tweeted that I did an 18.2 mile on Sunday but didn’t put up a post about it. I was pretty exhausted that night (especially after the headache and nausea I had the day before) and even though I woke up about an hour before I wanted to get rollingĀ and thought about heading out early, I decided I needed that sleep. So I put my head back down figuring I would get up in an hour…so I ended up getting out of bed 2 hours after I wanted to get up…

That meant I was on a bit of a time crunch to get the long run in. So I grabbed a bottle of liquid fuel and headed out – in the end I hit 18.2 miles in 2:55:36. A very solid run and I still felt pretty good after the run and could have kept going. But that whole time crunch came into play. So I didn’t get my planned 20 miles in but I did get in a nice solid run at a very steady pace – so I at least came out with confidence that I haven’t completely lost my endurance!

On a side note, I have mentioned it before but I definitely noticed it again this weekend – my current treadmill is definitely pushing me harder. Similar effort outside versus inside seems to get me better results outside right now compared to the treadmill. That is kind of backwards to the way treadmills usually end up working but if it means I have to push harder on the treadmill, so be it. That can only help my running overall!

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