I can always tell when my training is going well. It’s when I wake up before the alarm to go on a run. Today, my alarm was set for 6:05 a.m. and I woke up at 5:52 a.m. I didn’t get out of bed right away, but did get up before the alarm went off.

Partially, I think this is due to the fact that we were oldies last night and stayed in to catch up on TV shows. My stomach was happy that it didn’t have to process any alcohol or rich restaurant food before my run.

Trying to look angry that we were home all night to maintain his status as a cat.

As I mentioned before, I like to break my long runs into three segments: Prospect Park is part one; Brooklyn Bridge is part two; and the West Side Highway is part three. However, I was on a roll this morning and didn’t even have to focus on the segments to power through the run. Prospect Park was unusually quiet this morning; there was one point where I couldn’t see anyone in front of me (which, this still boggles my mind — I live in a city with millions of people and this still happens). The country girl in me was really excited when I saw an owl (overlooking the Happiest Place on Earth — aka dog park — perhaps looking for breakfast? Kidding, kidding.) and also a raccoon! And then 20 minutes later, I was running over the Brooklyn Bridge looking at the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building.

The Brooklyn Bridge was also nice and quiet, void of most tourists. I ran up the West Side Highway until I got to the Sanitation Department building. Which is right on the Hudson — who thought of putting a trash facility right on a river? Not too smart, I must say.

One of the things I focused on throughout my run was making sure I stay focused and didn’t turn on autopilot. I have a tendency to get most of the way through my long run and then even out my pace. My focus paid off though, because I finished in about 2 hours and 50 minutes — about 8:30 pace. It was very comfortable.

I also had a huge craving for muffins when I got home so I whipped up some Apple Cinnamon Muffins. I’ll post the recipe — very easy and quick!

How do you push yourself on a long run? 

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