What a difference a week makes! My long run last Sunday was 8 miles and I struggled most of the way, taking long walking breaks and thought I would never finish. I realised I was needing a rest as work had been very busy and I had been running 3 or 4 times a week. This week I decided to take it very easy, did a very short run on Wednesday and a couple of Bodypump classes but otherwise nothing at all.
Today I set out to do 12 miles and before the first mile my brain was telling me that my legs were sore and I wouldn't be able to run very long today. My planned route took me out for 11km and back by a slighter shorter route of 9km. I like planning runs like this as once I am that far from home I've got no choice but to do the full distance to get home again. I do carry my bus pass as a back-up mind you!
Anyway I ignored the gremlins and plodded on and once I was in my stride it felt good. I stopped to have a gel at 11k before turning back and stayed reasonably strong until about 16k then I was running into the wind and struggling a bit. The last 2k almost killed me - I was starting to get cramp in my thighs and calves but I carried on, walking quite a lot by this time but at least I was still moving.
I have decided to increase my long run every second week as I get too tired doing long distances every week so next Sunday I will try 8 miles again then up to 14 miles the following Sunday. Hopefully the weather stays as good as it has been lately - I have been very lucky with that.