I need new music y’all. LOL. help!
Here’s a picture of last week’s training:
- Longest run: 10.2 miles
- Total miles: 21.5 miles
- No cross training :*(
Tuesday’s run was monumental because it was the first time in 2014-2015 that I ran an 11:30 mile and didn’t feel like I was going to die, and I did it in the middle of a 6 mile run! My overall pace for that run was pretty sweet, too. Again, I’m feeling my training catch up to me and show up when I run.
Thursday’s run was an easy 5 mile run, I completed it with out stopping or walk breaks, and the paces I settled in on were great and it left me feeling good for Saturday’s run.
Saturday’s run was supposed to be 11 miles, I didn’t quite make it, and not because I didn’t want to! One thing that I’m learning this cycle is that faster running = fueling looks different, and I haven’t settled in on what works for me at this stage right now. I know, I should just go to my nutritionist. OK. I just e-mailed her and hopefully we can get back on that train. But anyways, like, my body, for all intents and purposes, feels GREAT. I am just, running out of fuel in the tank, and it’s becoming a broken record with these longer runs, and I really want to figure this thing out before May 16, Brooklyn Half!
Anyways, the plan for Saturday’s 11 miles was: 8 miles easy, 1 mile @ 12:00, 1 mile @ 11:40, 1 mile easy. I had convinced my husband to run with me, which is great because I have company, but, he’s still so much faster and even when he feels like he’s going at snail’s pace, it’s a stretch for me, and so I was getting anxious and running faster than I need to for the first couple of miles, and of course, I felt great because it was the beginning of the run. Here’s a picture of the route:
First 3 miles were great, if cold & windy. It was so windy we decided against the bridge (plan was to run to Manhattan and run the West Side Highway), and made a bee-line south for the Park (see mile 2). In the first 3 miles are some major hill work, and well, we did it! And again, at a faster pace than normal. I got to the top of the park and decided to fuel up:
HAHA. Apple Cider donut for the win!
Then we proceeded to run along the outside of the park, and I’m still with C and still running faster at this point than I want to, and feeling anxious b/c I’m holding him back but I know that if I keep at this pace, I will never see 11 miles. We get to around 6 miles, and I break it to him. We need to break up, I said. I said, At this pace, I won’t make it–I’m supposed to be “running easy” right now. He says he’ll run with me until we exit the park. I turn off the garmin for the hill, LOL, and continue on. We meet at Grand Army Plaza, and he runs with me to the CRUNCH on Flatbush so I can check in (I’m trying to get my health insurance reimbursement, y’all!) and then we kiss and part ways.
At this point, I decide to do my speed work NOW, and end up around 12:09 for my fast run, and about 11:47 for my second fast mile. I still have 3 more miles to go at that point, and I’m still in downtown Brooklyn, so I decide to start running along the marathon route, which, also includes the biggest Brooklyn Hill of the marathon on Lafayette, but, I’ve found that at any point in time that I include the marathon route into my run, I feel so much more inspired and energized, and this was no let down. I picked up my pace for a little bit, even though I was winding down, and made it up the hill! I treated myself:
At that point, it was getting warm, I was alone, and–why not?
I made it closer to home, and tried to do some loops around the park that is a few blocks from my house, but found msyelf sitting on the bench trying to gather some fuel from somewhere deep down in my body and it wasn’t happening. I was on E. I ran/walked the last .7 to my house and called it quits at 10.2 clocked (but, remember, I turned off the garmin on the hill, and some other times during the run, so I probably did cover 11 miles)….and beat.
Then I ran inside and finished the pants that I wanted to wear out for the day. :) (I haven’t talked much about my sewing on here, but I’m really picking up full steam and watch-out!)
C and I then had party on party on party to attend, and somewhere fit dinner in there & I had too much wine mixed with getting home late and slept through the 4 miler I was supposed to run on Sunday. I didn’t run at all on Sunday, for that matter. I just sewed all day, and it was glorious.
One more long run–12 miles this weekend!–and then taper to BK half, wherein I will eat All the Donuts :)