Yesterday was one “those” runs. Those runs that make you wonder what you are doing! Yesterday was the farthest I will go before the marathon…the 20 miler! I am sure it doesn’t help that for several nights in a row now I have not gone to bed early enough, and to top it off haven’t been sleeping that well.
I knew it was going to be tough when by mile 3 I was ready to be done. I don’t think I have ever looked at my watch as many times as I did during yesterday’s run. I questioned my sanity more times than I want to admit. I almost stopped so many times. At first I told myself, just get to mile 8. Then I told myself just get the goal pace miles done. Then when I finished those I told myself to go as slow as I wanted….but wait…I had already done the hard part. I could hold an 8 minute pace for 6 miles. For the last 6 miles I kept telling myself if I didn’t finish it out, I would have to do the whole thing over again from the beginning :)…that worked, I was NOT quitting.
This is the first run so far in my training that has me questioning my time goal. I was able to hit all the paces that I wanted to…but it just felt so hard and most of it was a moderate pace. I did 6 miles at marathon goal pace , and for some reason those miles felt the best out of all 20!
My goal was to do 8 miles moderate pace (8 min mile), 6 miles at marathon goal pace (7:22), and 6 miles back at moderate (8 min). Here is what it looked like
8:07, 7:58, 7:57, 7:59, 7:50,7:54, 8:02, 8:05, 7:20,7:22, 7:19, 7:17, 7:17, 7:20, 8:04, 7:59, 7:58, 8:00, 7:57, 7:42
20 miles at an average 7:46 pace. I am happy with the pace…just not the way I felt. Let me just be blunt…I HATE fueling! I brought a pack of honey stinger chews and a carb boom gel. I normally only do the chews, but I am trying to like gels. For some reason today the chews did not agree with me. I had 3 of them and my stomach was not happy. This makes for a great time to try out the gel…gels take 2. I managed to get 1/2 of it down…but there is just something about them! Conclusion….my fuel situation is not worked out yet.
This run has me feeling very nervous for the last 6.2! Actually it tends to be the last 5 for me that just go downhill. Those who can negative split a marathon are super heroes!!!
So…do I keep my time goal? The answer I have come to is yes. I will keep shooting for my goal, but I do it realizing it is not the end of the world if I don’t get it. I also realize it would have to be a perfect race for me!
Today I would have loved to spend the whole rest of the day foam rolling or putting my feet up…..no such luck! We had a busy school day and some friends over. We also have our first soccer game tomorrow and a family fun day at church!
The girls are building a bridge for a school project as we learn more about the states!!!
AND THE WINNER IS……………………Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama!!! Please email me @firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you your socks!!!!!
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Anybody else have a run not go as planned (let’s face it, everyone has!)?
What do you do after a long run?