As I drove home from work on Thursday I was still thinking when I should do my long run, I typically run a long run on Sunday, but this Sunday was a potential opportunity to do a bicycle tour with some friends, so I was look for an alternative. In any case I set out on my planned 16 km (10 mi) run, after the first 10 km I was feeling better than normal, so decided to run a couple more hours, then I would have my long run behind me for the week.
I reduced my speed slightly to pace myself out for the now planned 32 km (20 mi) run, and widened the circle I was more or less running in to accumulate the added mileage. By the two hour point I reached what I considered the point of no return, now I had to finish the run because I won’t be fit enough to try it again the next day. I ended up running 31 km instead of 32, but it turned out to be my fastest pace for a long run this year.
To round my running week off, I ran an 11 km recovery run on Friday and a loop with my running club on Saturday night. I ended up with 75 km for the week, enough to get me over the finish line of a marathon, but not very fast.
On Sunday was a bright, sunny day, a bit chilly (16C/60F), but was supposed to warm up to around 24C/75F by late afternoon. I met friends Paul and my running buddy (RB) on the other side of town, than we rode our bikes to the neighboring town of Graben to pick up Manfred. Our tour guide Paul than led us on a tour around several of the neighboring towns, mostly over paved field paths connecting the farmer’s fields in the area. The spring weather we have been having the last few weeks has caused the countryside to burst with color from budding trees, green grass, and yellow mustard fields.
After a couple hours Paul and Manfred had to get back to their families, so RB and I decided to stop on the way home for some obligatory cake and coffee at a local bakery. We found one with a Café with seating outside and enjoyed the pleasant weather as we renewed our energy before heading home.
This week I have to be a bit more creative with my running, I have a business trip in the middle of the week, so have to plan around it.