Monday, August 24, 2015
Grand Rapids Marathon - only 8 weeks remain!
My latest week of training almost didn't happen. I took Monday as a rest day (per usual) and ended up taking Tuesday off as well. When I headed out for a run late Wednesday night I didn't know if I would even make it through 2 miles. I contemplated making it a cutback week, but once I started running, I didn't want to stop. Running is my crutch for dealing with difficult emotions.
On Tuesday I said goodbye to Mouse, my sweet old man cat. It's too painful for me to write anything more, so I am going to jump right back to talking about running. Maybe when the grief is not as fresh I can tell you about what a wonderful kitty he was.
My pace was actually all over the place during this run. Sometimes I felt like running hard other times I stopped to walk and text my husband. The magic combination of adrenaline and endorphins seemed to run out at about 9.5 miles so I was kind of a crying mess during the last little bit of this run.
I just could not get into this run. I ended up running 4:00 and walking 1:00 for the first 7-8 miles. Finally things started to come together and I was able to finish the run feeling alright. I was planning on 12 miles, but decided to bump it up to the half marathon distance when things started feeling better.
First run of the week that actually felt normal. I guess Thursday's slow pace payed off because my legs felt great during this run!
I don't usually run 5 days in a row so I wanted to keep this run as easy as possible, especially since the turn around time between a Friday night run and a Saturday morning run is less than a day AND I had 20 miles coming up the next morning.
The first 15 miles I actually averaged 9:35, which is much more in line with my current abilities than 9:18. I ran the last 5 miles at goal MP, which is still just a vague goal. For this run I figured if I could get the pace under 9:00 for the last 5, that would be good enough. I was actually faster than I thought, averaging 8:31 for those final miles. Feeling that strong at the end of a long week of running? Yeah, major confidence booster right there!
Total: 55.1 miles
Posted by Heather [is probably running] at 9:00 AM