Yesterday was supposed to be my long run, 11 miles, but we got 7 inches of snow here, so my workout yesterday consisted of shoveling the driveway twice, building a snowman, and beating the boys in a snowball fight.
Today I decided to do my long run indoors, at the YMCA. It's a short little loop track, and 11 laps equals a mile. I needed to do 11 miles, which meant 121 dizzying laps.
I have never run indoors before, but I kind of liked not having to deal with traffic, the wind, or hills. And the soft rubberized surface was a nice change of pace for my feet.
I felt really good and if the distance is accurate, I was going at about a 9:20-9:30 pace, faster than my pace outdoors. I felt really good until the last few laps, when I could feel a blister on the back of my heel. I was running in some new shoes. Well, not new technically, they are my Asics that I got at the first of the year, but I hadn't run in them for a couple months since I was testing some New Balance.
Well I sent the NB back this week and returned to my Asics, with a new insert, and I think the insert raised my foot just enough to cause it to rub on my heel. I didn't really notice until the last mile or so, but now it's really bugging me. I will have to see if I continue with the Asics or go back to my Nike's, which I still really love.
By the way, I really love the Orange Burst GU as long run fuel. I have tried a few GU flavors and decided this one is my favorite. Hopefully they have some at the OKC race in April.
Side Note: Just a side note to those that have been asking how I kept track of the laps. I actually didn't. I kept track of my time. I timed my laps about every five laps to tell what pace I was on, and ran for an hour and 45 minutes, based on the avg per lap I estimate I ran 11 miles, or 121 laps. Not an exact science, but pretty accurate I think.