So today was the first long slow run of my training. It was a six mile run, which is about one mile more than I have run in three months (and I've only run 5 miles once or so in the last three months...). Needless to say, I was feeling a bit nervous about the run. My stomach was actually a little bit nervy before I went out. It was a bit odd. I worked last night and slept from about 8-11, then ate an english muffin with pb&j, then went back to sleep from about 2:30-6. When I woke up I had a bagel thin. My plan was to run after the sun was starting to get lower in the sky, because I knew today would be a hot day. So I went out at about 7 and it was somewhere around 78 degrees and sunny. My goal was to really stick to a slow pace, as prescribed by my training program. This has been a challenge for me in the past. Last night I spent some time on runnersworld.com playing around with their training calculator to determine what my lsd pace should be. Based on a marathon time of 4:15 (9:44 min/mil), my lsd pace should be 10:52-12:13. Today, my pace was 10:45. While a bit faster than I would have liked, it felt very comfortable and I am proud that I was able to maintain a pace slower than what I am used to. Typically, I start to run and I just settle into my "normal" pace, when I try to run at a set pace I have a really hard time with it. So I'm really happy with today's run. I felt good during the run, my feet were a bit uncomfortable but no other complaints. Oh, I did have some issues with cramps in my chest/shoulder area, tried to breathe through and it seemed to work. Finished the run with a severe side stitch that almost had me doubled over, walked it out and it went away. Walked Cooper after and drank a good amount of water.
The first week of training is behind me and I feel great. My countdown till the race is a bit off, but I think I'm 119 days out!!