Saturday, August 09, 2008

The best run of my life in the most unusual place!


Today was an amazing day! I went to work with my husband and the location proved to be the perfect setting for a great run. He works outside of the city where there is an old Soviet era industrial plant that is set in the woods near by. It is a rather large area with roads winding in and out of the facilities. 

I knew it would be a great place to run because two of my husbands colleagues would run there after work while training for the NYC marathon for this year. The setting, while not beautiful was quite peaceful with birch trees all around. The roads where in good condition for the most part, though I found it to be a fun adventure running off into the more wooded areas where the roads suddenly stopped! All in all, it was a great setting for a memorable and unprecedented run for me. 

It was only 2 1/2 weeks ago that I posted my longest non stop run of 70 mins, it was a moment to remember. Today I did better than I could have ever expected. I ran today, in the cold and drizzle and I loved every second of it!! I ran strong. I kept a steady pace with a few intervals of all out running, and some minutes of a slower and more relaxed pace mixed in. My stride was long and my breathing was easy and well controlled. I felt very conditioned, never weak or out of my element. 

I started off with a warm up walk of 7 mins, then did a strong 30 min run. I did not want to stop but I knew if I was going to have a long run then I needed to pace myself and take a short walking break to stretch out my legs. So I walked for another 7 mins, then the moment came that I will never forget. 

I kept running, and running and running! The longer I went the more motivated I was to go strong and keep pushing it! I ended up running non stop for another 90 mins!!!!! My total run time was 120 mins!!!! I started to cry when I realized that I had just ran longer and harder than I have ever done, it was a moment I will never forget. 

I felt strong, accomplished and motivated more than ever to keep reaching towards my dreams. When I see how far I have come in such a short time it gives me the confidence to continue to dream BIG! 

Total time - 7 mins walk, 30 min non stop run, 7 min walk, 90 min non stop run, 2 min cool down - 136 mins. Total run time - 120 mins PR for longest overall run and PR for longest non stop run. 
Calories burned - 1,320 
AHR - 76% Zone 3 , MHR 101% Zone 5....I was working! 
Caloric deficit for the day - 900 

4 comments:

Dee said...

Congratulations! You are doing great and have come so far!! I need to work hard like you. Keep up the good work!

Angela (ANGELNOOK) said...

Congrats! I am so happy for you friend! You deserve this and so much more!

Keep reaching
Angela

La said...

Wow! John and I have started running together at night after we put the kids to bed. I can tell you, though, that we don't run anywhere near two hours! That's amazing. You're amazing. I wish you were here to run with me and get me in shape too! =)

Mom and Dad said...

We wish we could have been with you for this moment. Way to go Jen!!!!! You will get there and maybe quicker than you expected. I look forward to the day you get to finish your first marathon (maybe Dec '09). All of your dedication and work is sure paying off.