Week 15 is in the bag!
Oh, man. What a week. It felt great to return to a semi-normal training schedule after a couple of hit-or-miss weeks. With less than 5 weeks to go until race week, I can definitely hear the countdown clock ticking.
- Distance: 3 mi
- Time: 31:09
- Pace: 10:23
This was a rock return to reality after being on vacation mode the week before. I wanted to press snooze so bad, but begrudgingly got up with my alarm and made it happen.
- Distance: 5 mi
- Time: 52:45
- Pace: 10:31
I was finally able to fit in a 5-mile run before work. Woo hoo! In my early-morning fog I honestly thought I was running 4.5 mile loop, but realized towards to end it was going to be a bit longer than that. I made it home a few minutes later than I wanted to, but managed to make it work.
- Distance: 4 mi
- Time: 39:54
- Pace: 9:58
A sub-10 pace?! I was honestly wondering if I was ever going to see that again
- Distance: 17 mi
- Time: 2:52:25
- Pace: 10:08
Since I only ran 15 miles the week before, I decided to drop this week’s long run from 18 miles to 17 miles. Considering my whole body pretty much gave up at mile 11, I did not miss that extra mile one bit. Ugh. It was terrible.
I had my normal English muffin and coffee pre-run. Had about ½ of my Gatorade/water mix and fruit snacks at mile 7 and the other half around mile 15. I stashed a single bottle near the entrance to my neighborhood, but I’ll think I need to start stashing two bottles and planning for multiple pick-ups. I could really use the additional fuel out there. I could run with the bottle, but I would prefer not to. I already run with my gigantic phone in one hand (I’m not a fan of the arm case for the phone and I’ve tried just about every belt contraption out there and haven’t found one I love enough to stick with), so running with a water bottle would mean both my hands are full (again, not a fan of fuel belts and I used to run with a Camelbak, but I’d rather not go back to it). Stashing a bottle and carrying the phone is my current chosen method, I just need to be a little more strategic to really make it work.
The run started out fine, but quickly faded from there. It was pretty warm out and I was craving nutrition way before I usually do. Somewhere around mile 11 I went from running 4:30/:30 to 2:00/:30 and eventually 1:00/30. My pace slowed, my legs dragged, and I had to dig pretty deep inside myself to keep going.
But I did it. I got the miles in and I finished. And, now looking at my 10:08 pace, I can see why I felt like death. How the heck did I pull that off?
A little more than a month of training left until race day.