Location: Pasadena, Glendale and Eagle Rock, CA.
Temperature: Mostly cloudy, 78 degrees, 60% to 64% humidity
Type of Run: Long
Length: 16.7 miles
Type of route: Long incline up hillside street, long decline down hillside street, gradual inclines and declines with a short hill climb on Rosemont Street near the Rose Bowl
Time: Approx. 2 hours, 5 minutes
Pace per mile: 7:29
Average heart rate: 145
Reason for Run: The long run is meant to boost endurance, leg strength and mental toughness. If you’re going to run a marathon you need to have the ability to run a long distance. The only way to do that is to run long in training at least once a week or once every two weeks depending on age and fitness level. I cut the mileage down from last week because I’m tapering to prepare for this half marathon in two weeks. I want to give my legs some recovery time so I can race well.
I chose a different route than my usual ones because I wanted to do something different to avoid boredom. I ran on the streets of the hills between Pasadena and Glendale before ending up on Colorado Blvd. through Eagle Rock. I ended up near the Rose Bowl and back home. The climb in the hills was challenging. There was a long downhill stretch too which I took easy to save my quad muscles future aches and pains. Running downhill is fun but it taxes the quad muscles so you have to be careful how hard and long you go.
How did I feel? Good. My legs weren’t as fatigued as last week when I ran 20 miles. I do, however, seem to have a lingering ache in my quad muscles on my left leg. I’ll have to try to massage the area to see if it feels better. Sometimes muscles get strained during training.
The temperature was cooler today thanks to the clouds but it was quite humid at about 60% so that made things a little uncomfortable as the run progressed. The hill climbing was tough but because I kept the pace easy it was manageable. I forgot to start my GPS watch crossing Figueroa at Colorado Blvd. until after a half-mile or kilometer which is why my data on Strava doesn’t match what I’m writing here. The new route made things interesting though I dislike running on major streets because cars are noisy and I don’t like stopping multiple times at stop lights although I got pretty lucky today with my timing as I had to only stop three times.
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