Another fabulous run day to cap off training week five. On Friday, I did some leg work (lunges, squats, and such) and I went to bed with very sore legs last night, hoping a good night’s rest would cure me of all stiffness. Nope. Note to self: Don’t lift weights with your legs two days before a long run. I headed out with sore legs and a determined attitude. For the first couple miles my legs were like, “Um, nope, this isn’t happening” but after they got a little warmed up they were more, “Alright, well apparently she’s not going to stop, so we’ll loosen up and make the best of it.” I exposed skin today on my run… that has to mean it is almost SPRING!
I feel like I dressed perfectly for my run – which hardly ever happens. It was nice and warm today (about 3 degrees with a bit of a breeze) but there was lots of cloud cover, so I was dressed appropriately for it. I debated wearing something over my ears and I am SO glad I did – the wind out on the country roads was very cold! I left my
snot-wipers gloves on the whole time today because of the breeze!
13.0 16.2 mile run took me just over 2:15. I honestly felt like I was running incredibly slow the entire time and my legs were like lead with every step (squats will do that to you apparently), but I managed some pretty decent mile splits. I even kicked it into high gear for mile 16 and pulled off a 7:45 minute mile. I love doing that!
I did the same route as last week, with an extra mile tacked on close to the beginning. I always try and add mileage to a route at the start so that when I get to the end I don’t feel like I am doing extra. It is nice to get to the same point in a run and have done 10 miles instead of 9, but mentally feel like you have only done 9… does that make sense? I didn’t think so. Running is 99% psychological.
I like being able to go “slow and steady” on long run days. After speed work and tempo runs during the week, I like not having any pace-pressure for a long run. Even though my legs felt heavy today and in some places there were icy sidewalks and I was literally running in place, I managed an 8:23 min/mile pace.
My “average pace” was the same as my “moving pace”… aka. every time I came to a red light and was almost thankful for a little break, the light changed to green and I just kept going. It was probably for the best because if I had stopped today I don’t know whether I would have been able to get going again! In case you were wondering, yes I did add the 0.2 miles onto the end purposefully, because that means exactly 10 more miles to marathon distance.
Another PDR (personal distance record?) in the books today! I guess that is going to happen a lot more in the next few weeks! Here is a look at week five of training… I even took an actual rest day this week! Thursday I had a long day at school and decided that instead of driving to the gym, forcing my tired body to do some cross training, and then driving home, I would rest. It was a good decision. The legs day on Friday, two days before my long run… not such a good decision 😉
A total of 40.8 miles for the week! How was YOUR week? 🙂
Week 1 Training Recap.