Well, it wasn't 14 miles, but it was more than the half distance. 13.34 miles with an average pace of 15:16. Based on that, I shouldn't have any problems finishing my first half within the 3.5 hour time limit. I even have a little extra time to play with. Not much, mind you, but a little.
And now, faithful readers, the part you like the most about my long runs...pictures!
The last long run I did, I started from the house and ran in and around the neighborhoods. I did the same yesterday. Last time when I got to this point...
I did not realize how far this trail extended until I saw this sign...
I didn't take any other pictures the rest of the way home. This was about mile 9. I had another couple of miles to go before I even turned back onto the road that would lead home. And another 2.5 miles after that! I didn't realize it was that far. Amazing how distances can be deceiving when you're driving as opposed to running/walking.
This is me, after I got home. Sorry for the blurriness, but you can see that I worked hard on this run!
I wish I could say that I didn't have any discomfort after this run. The last 3-4 miles of this run though were VERY uncomfortable. Yesterday afternoon and part of today, my left hip and back of my right knee were letting me know they were NOT happy! I think I've figured out part of the problem though. Other than this long run, I didn't run at all this last week. Not good, I know. I really don't have any excuses. I just let life get in the way. Not enough hours in the day, and all that...Lesson learned!
On the docket this week...2 short runs (30 minutes each), and a 5 miler on the weekend.
Have a great week, faithful readers!