My usual Saturday morning partner, Joanne, couldn't run this morning. So I was left to do my long run on my own. Not that I haven't done it before, but it has gotten more enjoyable to have someone with me.
This morning, my hubby said to me "do you want me to run with you?" I said, " Are you going to run all 7 with me?" I knew he would struggle with that distance. He hasn't run since November. So we decided that I would run the 4.5 or so to begin (that's the hilly road work) and he would meet me at the trail to finish up the last 3 1/2.
I had a great pace going through the 4.5. Kip and I met there at the exact same time, I was coming up the hill, he was coming down it. He was surprised to see me as he left the house a little early, but my pace was really good. Then it hit...a wall. I started feeling really bad...tired, no energy. But it didn't last long! Then I got back into my rhythm. We slowed down a bit for Kip, as he has a bit of a cold and as I mentioned before he hasn't run since November. But I didn't mind slowing down. I just enjoyed having some company!
All in all, I ran 8 miles in 1:29:39. I think it came out to a 11:13 pace. Great for a long run for me! Kip seems to think it would've been around 1:15, but I didn't slow that much for him. I maybe could've picked up 4-5 minutes, no more. I felt great after the run. We'll see how the body feels tomorrow. I wanted to get in 7 today and I got in 8...now that's a success! :)