A long(er) run during the week

This evening I went for an 8 mile run on the Dora and New River Trails, with an average pace of 10:11/mile. Barry ran with me for the first part of it. I usually don’t run more than 6 miles during the week, for no real reason in particular. But I decided with marathon training coming up, it would be a good idea to get used to some longer midweek runs. That and I am running a 5K race on Saturday night (thought it was Friday night, but I was misinformed) and I don’t know how far I’ll feel like running on Sunday morning.
Speaking of marathon training, I have decided to go with the Runners World training plan from the July issue. I just have a gut feeling that that’s the right one for me. As many of you pointed out, I can always switch to the plan I wrote if I don’t like the RW one. So marathon training will begin on July 1.
Doing a longer run like this during the week felt of odd. My body didn’t quite accept it the way it does on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Tonight’s run wasn’t bad or anything, it just wasn’t exactly enjoyable the way my weekend runs usually are. I’m so used to running shorter distances at a quicker pace during the week. That’s why Saturday’s 5K will be interesting. I think I run better in the evenings, so maybe that 5K PR (don’t ask me what it is…. I need to look it up before the race) will finally fall. I realize the fact that I think I run better in the evening kind of contradicts my previous statement that it felt odd to run longer tonight, but both can be true at the same time. I promise.  
In other news, I have decided to start a 5K in town that will be called the Cupcake 5K. All participants will be required to wear the below pictured device during the entire race.
Each device will have a freshly baked cupcake attached to it. When race participants cross the finish line they get to eat their cupcake, but they have to get hold of it without taking the contraption off of their heads. It’ll be the next big thing!
Who’s coming to my inaugural Cupcake 5K!?
What’s the longest run/walk/ride you typically do during the week?

Do you feel like you run better in the morning or in the evening?

10 thoughts on “A long(er) run during the week”

  1. Cupcake – no. Put a shot of bourbon out there then I would participate! But then there are plenty of pub crawls already out there.Long rides usually happen on the weekend – or a day off. Rode 22 broken miles yesterday. Blew a tire 12 miles in and had to repair it on the road. Couldn’t get my pump to work right and I had to finish my ride with a half filled rear tire. That’s like riding in sand.LUD.

    1. If the Cupcake 5K goes well I’ll have to consider adding a Bourbon 5K. You’ll be the main sponsor, right? Yikes! Sorry about your tough ride.

  2. Good luck with the marathon training!!! I’ll look forward to seeing how it goes for you – I haven’t been brave enough to even attempt to try it yet haha. Haha love the cupcake idea!!!

  3. Put a Gobble Cakes cupcake in my holder! Have you tried them yet? They are on College Avenue. I run much better in the mornings! I used to run 50 miles a week and usually ran one 8 to 10-mile run during the week. These days my longest week day run is 6 miles.

  4. Ha! I definitely prefer to run in the morning; currently my longest weekday runs are about 6-8 miles. I should probably be making my way up toward 10ish, but I’m OK with where I am right now. :)I? Would probably end up with a cupcake in the face by Mile 0.14. No lie. D’oh! But, if you’ll be holding it over this weekend, then I might still be convinced to give it a shot. 😉

    1. Haha, I’ll make sure to give Brightroom a heads up to be positioned at mile 0.14 to get a picture of you getting the cupcake in your face 🙂

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