Another long run in the books. I really don’t know what is going on. I DO know that the joy of running is coming back!

I decided to do the same course I did last Sunday again, but add a little bit extra at the end to round out 11 miles.

I actually had on the plan between 8-10 miles because I wasn’t sure how my legs were going to do.

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Starting out it was overcast and cool.  According to the weather it was supposed to warm up and the sun would come out after an hour. That never really happened.

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I thought I would be cool, but I really think the cooler air helped me get through the run and not over heat like I could be doing this time of year.

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This is a picture I took around 9 miles, I was still smiling! I was proud of how well I was feeling. There is nothing better than getting to almost the end of a long run and still feeling pretty awesome.

One thing I did do during this run was stop off and on. If I got tired or just needed a break I didn’t push myself, I simply would stop take a breather for 10-20 seconds and then start back up again.

I have learned some very important tricks on long runs:

1. Don’t be afraid to stop. Sometimes it helps my run go better!

2. Keep it slow. Longs runs are supposed to be slow and relaxed.

3. Relax. I used to have the hardest time relaxing, but now I know that it is VITAL to having a good run.

4. Enjoy the scenery. Don’t get too caught up in the run that you forget to enjoy the beautiful nature around you.

5. Reward yourself. I cannot tell you how excited I am to take a shower, rest, and get ready for a date day with my hubby. I am going to be snacking on a lot of delicious treats 🙂

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There is nothing better than coming home and falling on the floor and relaxing after a long run. Time to enjoy the rest of my day!


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