71 Days until the Marathon
Today's weather: 80º
Today's humidity: 77%
I ran close to 11 miles today. 10.9 to be exact. (Doh! Shoulda stuck an extra couple of steps in there.)
Did the same Home-to-Coney Island boardwalk route as last week, save the extra cool down around the block. However, unlike last week, this week was brutal with the humidity. I don't even think you can call it that. It was like running in a dream. Everything was so foggy and white. Once I reached the boardwalk I couldn't see the ocean at all. The top of the tall parachute jump structure wasn't even visible.
But it was a nice run. I think having visual landmarks really break up a long run into palatable pieces, and that's key for a rookie like me. Once I reach the little milestones it gets better, and I feel myself more confident.
It was supposed to be an easy day today, but I pushed to reach RPE 6-7 at certain points. I had one gel at the 4.25(ish) mile mark that carried me through from one end of the boardwalk to the other. Once I turned around at the other end I slowed it down to about RPE 2-3 until I reached a water fountain where I did some leg stretches and downed my glucose water. A slow walk through the main part of the boardwalk where they were having a pro volleyball tourney, and then a slow RPE 2-3 all the way back home. Not bad.
Though it doesn't make up the lackluster (or should I say lack of) performance this week, at least I got my long run in the bag. And that's what really counts!