I know I'm only in my second week of marathon training, but I'm already relishing the long runs. Of the three scheduled runs in the Furman FIRST program, the long run is my favorite. The other two I do because they're good for me and I am glad to be done with them. But they hurt. And I can't relax and just enjoy running for the sake of running.
So I could hold back no longer...
This coming Saturday's run will hopefully take place EARLY and in dry conditions:
|Complements of USA Track & Field running route database|
Yes, it's got some hills. I will try to do those early on, though I hope to start at The Essential Baking Company (a good place to finish) which is by Gasworks Park on Lake Union, then run the loop counter-clockwise. Coincidentally, 17 miles was the longest long-run I did during my last attempt at a full marathon in 2008 and it was a route almost exactly like this, beginning/ending on Magnolia Hill. I'm going to conquer this beast!
I had considered an "out and back" route because last weekend's O&B made me see the great mental advantage of breaking a long run up into two shorter runs but...I just LOVE this loop! Gotta do it.
Anyone want to join for all or part? I'm aiming for an early Saturday start, goal pace around 9:20-9:40.