I feel like I have finally started marathon training. I know that sounds ridiculous because it has been 8 weeks since I started marathon training but getting into higher mileage runs like the one I did this week makes it really feel like distance running training. I talked about my long run essentials yesterday because my 15-miler this week reminded me about all of those fun and fashionable things I need to double-digit long runs.
I don’t think any of my weeks of training have actually gone according to “the plan.” I have switched days more often than not and this week was no exception due to my work schedule. I ran my long run on Friday and did my easy Friday run yesterday, on Sunday. My mom ran my long run with me this week and it FLEW by despite being almost two and a half hours long!
We did 15.0 miles at an 9:28 min/mile pace. We hovered at about 9:05-9:10 min/mile until we met up with one of my friends for a few miles and took it easy the rest of the way, slowing our pace just a little. I miscalculated the route and we had an extra mile to get home so we did a cool down walk uphill home. I didn’t follow my LIST from yesterday and didn’t bring water (yeah, I know) and we only had one water stop on route. I am shocked we survived because by the end we were DONE and SO SO SO thirsty. I told my mom it felt like I was living the movie ‘127 Hours.’
Once we dominated that run, we took our time cooling down, stretching, and icing. I drank the BEST recovery drink in the entire world, 20oz of water mixed with a Nuun tablet and a scoop of berry glutamine. It might have been that I was on the verge of dying of thirst, but it was the best water I have ever had.
When you run 15 miles before 10am, you get to eat blueberry rhubarb crisp for breakfast.
My mom hit a new personal distance record as she had never run further than a half marathon before! I am so thankful for her support and her willingness to run 15 miles with me and hear about everything happening in my life – important or not! SO proud of her!
On Saturday, after the long run on Friday, I took a FULL rest day. I slept in, worked all day, then headed to a BBQ at my research supervisor’s house. It was a great day and I felt so rested by the end. I wasn’t terribly sore so I had that momentary urge to get a workout in despite my commitment to rest, but I didn’t!!
On Sunday, I got Friday’s 4-miler in at a speedy 8:11 min/mile pace. I also taught a spin class… that’s a lie, I showed up to teach a spin class and no one showed up so I just did an hour on the spin bike and blasted some sweat. 🙂
Lesson Learned: Bring water. It helps you avoid death by dehydration.
How was your long weekend?
What day are your long runs on? Have you ever done one during the week?
Best post-run drink?