Long run; 10:08 pace average. Just over 5 hours of running.
I did the Valley East Loop, going out on Radar Road and returning on MR 80 and Lasalle.
Gorgeous morning. It was 0C/32F when I started and 8C/47F when I finished, with sunshine all the way. I ditched the gloves at mile 11, the hat at mile 14 and the jacket at mile 23. Nice to finally get some sun on my face.
My only mistake was forgetting to take immodium before I left. I remembered at mile 2, but didn't want to double back for it. I had really wanted to test that out on a longer run. Now I'll have to do it in a couple of weeks when I go 20. Ah well.
At mile 16, there was a service station/convenience store in Val Caron. I debated about using the wash room, and ulitmately did when I saw the name of the place: "On The Run". I figured it was made for me. The next "pit stop" was 7 miles later at a Tim Horton's.
I was really proud of myself for starting off reasonably slow. I was averaging around a 9:20 pace for the first 13 miles. But then I hit the hills. I had already decided to walk them. Total elevation gain was almost 900 feet, and that was clustered in some very steep hills. After the first set, I noticed my pace really slowed and never really recovered.
Since I can't run trails yet (still covered in snow) I was glad to at least mimic the hills of the trail run. The 50 Mile Trail Ultra is just 5 weeks away.
Now I have a few hours to recover before our Easter Vigil begins at sunset tonight.