Sunday, October 23, 2016

Marathon Training Week #14

Sooooo, I realized on Thursday that I had not posted this week’s marathon training recap.  Ooops.  I meant to type it up and post it Thursday evening but I got home way later than I meant to, so I didn’t have time and I didn’t have time yesterday morning either before work.  So, here it is…just like 5 days late…haha.  I’m really sorry for the lack of posts this past week.  I hope you haven’t lost interest in me.

Tuesday: overtime Monday night.

Wednesday: overtime Tuesday night.

Thursday: FINALLY got my new Altra Ones, no thanks to UPS shipping them all over the freaking country.  So much for 2 day delivery.  So, of course, I had to take them out for a test run!  Also, hadn’t run since Sunday, so a shakeout before starting the relay Friday morning was a good idea in my mind.  For a short 3 miler I went.  My legs were excited to run as my splits were 10:05, 9:48 and 9:30.  Felt great!
Friday: relay time!  This was my first relay ever that I have participated in.  For my first run, I ran 6.53 miles.  The run went fantastic.  I listened to my military cadence and knocked out the whole thing in 1:01:06!  Snagged a brand new shiny 10K PR in the process even!
My second run was a sunset run and was only 4.37 miles.  I felt pretty good, but this was the first time I’ve ever run twice in one day, so it was a whole new experience for me.  I was trying to overtake this lady that was in front of me.  I paced her pretty well the first 2 miles, but then I started getting tired and she pulled away from me.  I got chased by a dog for the first time ever during this run and that definitely kicked that bit of the run up a notch or two.
Saturday: day 2 of the relay!  I got to run at sunrise for my first run of the day.  This leg was 7.51 miles.  And there was a decent amount uphill going on.  But I managed to keep my overall pace under the 10 minute mark.  I got chased by another dog.  This one was a little scarier because it was bigger, had a deeper bark and chased me further than the first one.  I ran much faster for about half a mile as a result.
Now for leg #4 of the relay.  This one was 6.55 miles and was my slowest, but was still at a good pace, really.  I got chased by a horse, but thankfully it stopped before it got to me.  Nope, it was not behind a fence or tethered to one of those merry go round type trainer things, either.  Was pretty weirded out by that.  Overall, I ran the 24.96 miles at a 9:45 pace.  Wow!  I used this whole relay as a training trial run of sorts for the marathon.  And I think it went REALLY well.
Sunday: so, as if running basically 25 miles between Friday and Saturday wasn’t enough, I just had to go and run a 5K race!  It ended up being only 2.9 miles (per my Garmin AND my FitBit).  I finished in 26:02 officially.  I wish it had been a full 5K as that would have been a major PR for me.  Oh well.  I won 1st in my age group and had a great race.  I was able to do a really good kick at the end and passed a lady that had previously passed me up.
Monday: since I decided last minute on Sunday to not do the race as a shakeout run to help me recover from the relay, but to race it, I was in desperate need of a shakeout run.  So, 4 miles at a 10:49 pace was on the roster for this day.

Overall, I had yet another fantastic week of marathon training.  I had amazing runs at every turn and I just feel great.  I feel super confident about the marathon next month (just 3 more weeks!  eeeeeee!).  No doubts that I will hit my 9:43 average pace…or at the very least I know I will get a major PR out of it.  I will EARN the sh!t out of that sandcastle medal! 

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