When I started running, our pastor at the time would give me his old copies of Runner’s World. It was often stated the importance of the long run. Since the beginning of the year, I have done running, but not much long running. Today I ran my longest run of the year – 8 miles. It took me an hour and a half. Wow, that’s a long way from when I could run 8 miles in about 66 minutes – but a long run is a long run and it doesn’t have to be fast and one of the things about a long run is that it helps your short distance runs. I’m hoping to get up into the 11 to 12 mile run game and do that on a regular basis. Interestingly enough my over all pace wasn’t far from my short run paces of late.
The first week of June has been a really good week. Since last Saturday, I have run and walked over 33 miles! Close to 75% of those miles are running miles – so I’m really excited about that. It is the first time I’ve had that many miles for a week and hopefully things will continue like that this summer. So I am encouraged with my long run and the progress I have made this week – Pressing On!