You might have gotten this post last night…wordpress is playing tricks on me and posting when it shouldn’t be!
This week was a little bizarre for me running-wise anyway.
Monday 1.52 warmup 8:23 avg pace, 5.25 miles of 800s 35:01, 6:40 avg pace, cooldown run back home for 1.50 miles-8:08 pace. 8.27 miles total.
I hit the track last Monday because, well, quite frankly, I’m becoming obsessed with it. I love how hard it is. I love how it makes me stronger. And quite frankly…I freaking LOVE running that fast. Before this year, I hadn’t done any 800s outside-I always did them on a treadmill because I didn’t think I could make my body go that fast. Well guess who was wrong? ME. Doing a track workout outside tests your own speed with no resistance, and I actually found it easier than doing it on a treadmill, and I was also faster than I thought I would be.
Wednesday : 18.10 Mile Long Run-2:41:09, 8:54 pace
I had to switch around my long run and do it during the week because I didn’t want to have to tackle it during a weekend away. It doesn’t seem like any fun to be out dancing all night and then run 18-20 the next morning. No, no. I had the most time after school on Wednesday so I planned it for then.
There are so many things to tell you about this run so I will bullet point it (Because bullet points are fun!)
-I was tired. This run was my third within 10 days. Each of those long runs was done during a separate training week, but nonetheless—Still done only 10 days apart. It was a lot.
-Yeah, I could’ve skipped the long run but I really didn’t want to.
-I needed new shoes and I could feel every part of my legs ALL run long. I still am planning on doing my marathon in my Pureflows, but knowing that I have been doing so many long runs lately made me feel like I needed more “cushion” to cover all those miles, so I’ve been wearing my Ghost 7’s for my long runs lately.
-I started off at a pretty great clip- 8:30 pace or better, but my body couldn’t keep up and the second half averaged out into some low 9 minute miles.
-I didn’t mind that this run was bad. I did it. I’ll do another. I have had a ton of great long runs this training cycle-one bad one doesn’t hurt my confidence or make me feel like I failed.
-Two days after my long run, my aaaaaahmayzing husband bought me new long run sneaks..What a guy:)
Thursday 8.47 miles, 8:18 avg pace.
A nice easy recovery run from Wednesday that quite frankly was faster than I thought it would be because I was tired from standing on my feet all day/work/a long run/life.
Saturday: 10.10 miles, 1:28, 29, 8:46 avg pace.
Wore my new Ghosts and they felt amazing!!!!
I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed to go for a morning run along the coastline. I knew that running in a new area would make me a tad slower (so I wouldn’t get lost and would still remember where I was going). I love going running in a new area when I’m away with my friends. Honestly they totally expect it by now and that little bit of time that I set off to run means I’m also exploring amazing options for us. I figured out like 10 different stores we needed to go to, scenery we needed to check out, and even good spots for us to park. It was awesome!! I was happy with that pace and didn’t feel like I should have been going any faster or slower!
Sunday: 10.10 miles, 1:18, 7:43 pace.
Wore the new Ghosts again….I’m over the moon for them!!
After my run on Saturday, we walked around shopping for a million hours downtown. After that, we went dancing. We were out all night. There was plenty of martini’s, pizza, wine, and chips involved so I am literally shocked at this pace on Sunday because I had nooooo business being able to run this immediately following that kind of night. I had wanted to do a tempo run on Sunday, but in theory, I didn’t think it was going to be possible. Who dances in high heels for 3 hours and gets up to bang outa tempo run? I don’t get it, but I will take it. It was easily my “favorite run of the week” because it surprised me with its easy-ness. I was able to hold my goal marathon pace for middle tempo miles and it felt challenging but the good kind of hard. PLUS, it again was done along a stunning coastline and that is just my new favorite thing. I might have to tell my husband we are moving because I can’t even get over the scenery.
Seriously, imagine this for your runs every day?? Heaven.
Anyway, I have a question for all you marathoners… My marathon is October 19th (five weeks from Sunday!) and I’m wondering how many weeks before your marathons that you start your taper? I’m thinking my last long run is actually going to be a 22 miler along the marathon course, and it’s going to be September 27th. That puts me three weeks out from the marathon. In the past, I have stuck to about the same thing-last 20-22 mile run three weeks out and then start to taper (yucky). Anybody out there do your last long run only 2 weeks before your marathon? I’m really just curious if it has benefitted you during your actual marathon, or ended up slowing you down! (I’m planning on a 15-16 miler on 2 weekends beforehand, maybe 10 the weekend before)
Also: What was your favorite run of the week?