Week 14 – 48 miles run. 3 more weeks to go until the Glass City Marathon. Eeek! This week sure brought some highs and lows.
Monday – rest day! Not normally a rest day, but due to change in schedule last week, I needed a rest day after the 20 miler on Sunday! I did work as a timer at my son’s track meet after work.
Tuesday – 10 miles. “Tempo Tuesday!” My mid-week-mid-long-run had fartleks in the middle of it. 5 mins on, 1 min off. I did this on the treadmill, so I really don’t know what my paces were, but I gave it a decent effort. Those longer runs take a bit of time on a weekday, workday, morning, so I’m happy to have my husband getting the kids ready for school on these mornings! (Thanks Alan!)
Wednesday – 6 miles. Was supposed to be “easy miles”, but mid run I decided to pick up the pace and see what I could get for a full mile. I was super happy when I saw this pop up on my watch…
Who knew my watch even recorded miles with a 7: in front of it. Hahaha! But seriously, I’ve had that watch for a while and I don’t get to see those messages… ever any more. I think my days of PR’s are done, so this was a huge win for me. This was the first run I’ve had in great feeling spring weather, and it showed! Woohoo Spring!!! Actually I was checking out my fitness because I had to coach at the track on Thursday. I passed the test!
In case you missed it: Spent the day marking part of the Glass City Marathon course.
Thursday – Track night! 6 miles. Workout was 6 x1000 with 2 mins rest. I ended up sub coaching for a speeder group than I expected. This group is actually MY pace group. I did end up getting all of my paces though… how could I not when I’m the coach?? I did have one of the runners ask me if I was doing OK. He must have noticed that I was pushing myself hard – and breathing really heavy! LOL! It was a tough workout for me. Here’s our big group… (me in Boston jacket)
Friday – 4 easy miles. This was a wonderful run due to sunshine and flowers!! FLOWERS!! 🙂 I was feeling a little stiff but it worked itself out.
Saturday – 22 miles. LONGEST run of this training cycle. I had high hopes for this one. I could spend a whole post on this run, but the short version is that I planned to run 4 sections, starting at “slow” 9:45, then going up to 9:30, 9:15 and 9:00 each 5 miles. Instead, I followed my friends, ran 9:08ish the first 11 miles, and then was hating life for the next 11 miles. We had a nice sized group of runners.
At the halfway point (11 miles) I changed into a tank top, said goodbye to my friends and was still in good spirits.
I started to feel sharp pains which I think (I hope!) was related to overdoing it at track night, and I decided to run/walk the final 5 miles just to not get hurt permanently. It was weird kinds of pains that felt like nerves or something new. Yeah, it was that bad. When I finally got the finish the first time, I had only gone 21.85 miles. I had to keep going!!
Ok, back at the finish line again…
This was really a kick in the crotch in terms of my confidence. I think I may have given up on distance running somewhere along this run too. Ugh.
Lucky for you, I mustered up enough energy for one final “long run jump shot”. Done!!
After having a slight pity party, I started thinking about what did go well in this run. I came up with:
- Dressed properly – wasn’t overheated
- No chaffing. Appropriately lubed up!
- Fueling worked, didn’t feel sick from the GU or breakfast.
- Water belt was comfortable – race ready!
You know what really makes me feel better… a celebration burger. The biggest I could find. Yum.
Sunday – Rest day! Just walked a few miles around my neighborhood to loosen up in the morning.
Q: What’s the longest distance you have run in training by yourself?
I used to run by myself a lot more, so 22 miles.
Q: Do you ever go to Red Robin?
Confession: that was an early “birthday burger” that I got. A few weeks early though. Don’t want to pass up a freebie!