After the Bobby Doyle 5 miler, the following Saturday was another long run. 6.5 miles. The farthest I've ever gone.
I carried a small water bottle in order to stay hydrated, something that I found to be an issue in the 5 miler. That definitely helped.
I also upped my run/walk intervals from 30/45 seconds to 1/1 minutes. While I was able to run through most of the run intervals, I had to take some longer walk breaks a few times and by the end I didn't feel strong. The shorter intervals definitely work better for me.
After that run, however, I had some nasty pain, and I took over a week off. The pain in my ankles was debilitating at times. I did lots of R.I.C.E. the following week, and just took it easy.
On Tuesday, I went out for my 30 minute run, and still had pain. Yes, I'm still under the required Wine & Dine Half Marathon pace, but I'm not happy and I didn't feel good. After doing some research, I think I know what is going on, and am going to try some new strategies to help alleviate the pain. The good thing about this week, is that the pain has not lingered, so I'm not concerned about going out running Saturday morning for my scheduled long run.
Which is 8 miles.
I've learned so much about myself and my abilities through my training. And after tomorrow's long run, I will share them with you.
As long as I finish in the upright position...