This was probably my LEAST favorite week during this marathon cycle.
Last week chewed me up and spit me out. By Friday, I didn’t know my own name and if you would’ve asked me–I would have told you it was Vodka. Needless to say…I was Freaking Spent.
Monday-Off. I really wanted to hit the track. But my husband had the day off, so I chose to hang out with him instead:)
An easy, slow, 8.12 miles at an average of 8:14 per a mile, 1:06 min
I hit the track. And first the treadmill, for 4 miles…
My original intention was to hop on my treadmill and run 13 miles in 1:32-1:35 (goals, much??) But four miles in, (with the knowledge of a GORGEOUS sunny day outside), I could not take it ONE MORE SECOND. Once I hit four miles, I was done.I packed up my camelbak and hit the road towards the track.
I sucked. I hated my paces…I usually hold a 1:28-1:33 pace…but I started with a 1:37 and then ranged from a 1:36-1:39. Nothing felt right, and the effort level felt a lot harder than what it actually was.
The only positive thing I can say is that “I sucked (for me) but I sucked consistently.” I’m sorry to be so negative. But. It happens. Blahhhh.
By Thursday, I was ready for a better running day. so. These two runs happened.
Saturday.uuuuuuuurrrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhDuh, I’ve already been bla all week, why would it change now???
None of my long run felt easy. None. I hit the first mile at 8:45, and the second at 8:33…both of these felt like a real struggle. The rest of my 16.21 miles stream of consciousness went like this:
–Miles 1-3: I’m not sure which route to go..my favorite 20 mile route, or, a 20 + miler along my marathon course…I think I’ll go with “the favorite”…
(10 minutes later) … wait…why am I going down this road?!?! I was so lost in my own thoughts that I wound up going the wrong way.
So. I wound up along the Baystate course accidentally, or maybe subconsciously since that’s where I headed.
-Why is there a BIKE RACE on the most narrow road in Tyngsboro???? I am going to die from a bike rider running me over.
-5: Yay! I’m at the course.
-6: I can do this. Only 14 more to go?
-9: Can I go home now???
This is the Rourke bridge, both the half and the full cross this bridge!
I might have to go the bathroom soon, things are happening.
Nawww, I’m good.
14:01 Things are really happening. ohhhh noooo.
14:25 No…I can make it home, it’s cool.
15 NOPE! Time to phone a Friend!
16.21 is where I stopped. My friend M picked me up (thank you again M, I heart you!) and I wound up finishing my terrible run on my treadmill for the last 3.79 miles. That was also not the most pleasant thing.
I wanted SOOOOOOO BADLY to have a fantastic last long run. Instead, I felt like I had the sh*t storm virus run through me and leave me for dead at 12pm Saturday. I had to fight every impulse I had that told me to just GO HOME. I was super negative and so angry at this long run that I wanted to get up Sunday morning and set out to do another 20 to “make it right”
Who the heck says/thinks/wants to do that?!! A weirdo!!!
Sunday was my Favorite run. I ended up meeting a new friend at Mines Falls in Nashua NH. (for all of you in the area, it’s an absolutely beautiful place to run!) it’s chock full of trails, and I didn’t believe a coach at my school when he told me you could a 20 miler through it-but it’s definitely possible.
I met Erin about this time last year through this little space. She had also just run Baystate, and she BQ’d at last years! She is quite the runner! After nearly a year of commenting on each other’s blogs and emailing, we decided to meet up and go for a run. We had only planned on six miles, but due to getting a little lost on the trails and not being able to find our cars-this turned into 8.43.
So. Just like that, training for my next marathon is essentially over. June 16th marked the first week, and here I am, three weeks out from race day! I can’t believe it’s already at this point.
I’m continuing to remind myself that just because I had a craptastic week, I did have an absolutely magical training cycle, I really did. A few bad weeks does not make me into a “bad” runner and I won’t suddenly lose all the fitness I have gained in this amount of
Time. The only worry I have is that I haven’t had a great long run since the very beginning of September. It was either blazingly hot or I have been beyond exhausted. Work stress is weighing me down and it seems like I am seeing it cutting into my running.
Truthfully, I despise Tapering. Loathe it. But suddenly, I’m feeling myself a little bit excited this time around to relax and take a deep breathe before my next marathon on October 19th.
I will be back tomorrow with my “Taper plans” to share with you all!