Sunday, 7 March 2010

23 Sunny Miles

A tough week of training this week culminated in my longest ever long run. I ran 23 miles. Yes, 23 MILES. You read that right. I'm very proud. That's the longest distance I have ever run. Ever in my life. I was struggling to find an interesting route, the long flat 22 last week was mind numbing and not so scenic. Today I opted for something a bit prettier in the hope it would distract me from the potential slog. Starting out from Silsden with a few miles on the canal down to Shipley, it was then a left turn for the long haul up the dreaded climb on Hollins Hill (or more aptly named Hollins Hell), before a swift descent down through Guiseley to Burley and on to the Skipton Road home.
It was a great route choice, a bit tough, a bit muddy and some challenging hills but some fast miles in between. I felt surprisingly good after yesterday's time trial and think I'm building good strength after putting in all these road miles over the last few weeks. Average pace was 6.48/mile for the 23 which was a surprise after a couple of very slow miles on the climbs and muddy bits. I felt pretty human until 22 then had to work a bit on the final push home. M was very impressed and I was very happily fussed over for finishing my longest run ever. It was a great boost to the confidence that I can do this long stuff after all.

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful picture Sarah! Cheers, a sunny and gorgeous 23 mile run:) I have to go and read your last post! I hope that you are enjoying your weekend!

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  2. Sarah, I saw you on your way back through Ilkley, you looked to be running very well, especially since you would have already run more than 20 miles.

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  3. Woo Hooo!!! You should be very proud of yourself for the distance as well as the time!

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  4. 23 rb? i bet you could do as many as your heart desires..we thinks you have a lower opinion of your capabilities than the reality

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  5. Too true UC.
    RB is a very talented & very modest person.
    That's a good combination in my book :)

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  6. Well done.

    These long runs should be a great boost to your confidence for the marathon. A very brisk pace as well.

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  7. good work!! just wondered what you do for 'fuel' on your long ones? obviously you're out about half the time i am but do you take anything?

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