Yesterday, my training plan called for an 18 mile long run... as I am not training for a full marathon but a 30K... Coach Bob said 2/3 of that distance would be sufficient. So, I headed out with the intention of doing 12 miles. Once I was underway however, I realized I was a little tired out from the 15K race on Saturday... more than I had expected. I therefore decided to do 9 miles - with the intention of doing another 6-9 in the evening if time permitted. My pace averaged about 8:48 per mile. I'm very pleased with that considering it was just 24 hours after a 9 mile race and it was my long, training run (generally run about 30-40 seconds slower than goal pace).
Following the run, I sat in a cold bath for a short time to cool my leg muscles... I think one reason I was so tight & fatigued from Saturday is because I hadn't had the opportunity for an "ice bath" so to speak. I had just jumped into the car and headed home (a 30-40 minute drive from the finish). I then showered and headed out for DH's company picnic with the family. A fun day.
The newspaper listed all the finishers and their times... I was 29th overall out of a field of 116. I was the 12th woman of 72 and was 4th in my age group (35-39). I'm very, very happy with my race. I just hope I can continue to build on it and hit my goal for the 30K, my 'A' race for this year. I'm starting to second guess myself a little because the Circle the Bay course is very hilly.
On a related note - these are a few of the pictures the photographers captured during the race. How do you decide whether to purchase them?? Since this wasn't a 'big' race for me, I opted not to buy them. If the image is good, should I?