Total distance for the week: 26.39 miles
This week of training was great--I finally felt 100% after my 2-week-long cold, and I nailed my pacing for each run. Only downside is that I am definitely starting to feel the fatigue of getting up so early for workouts! With evening activities like Small Fry's Wednesday night swimming lessons, Mom's Night at preschool, my husband's nights at the library to do PhD work, etc. it is hard for me to run any time OTHER than 5am. Which would be great, if I could get my butt into bed before 10-11pm each night...yeah, really need to work on that. I struggled to wake up on a few of these days, but am proud of myself for not sleeping in and getting it done all week long. Here's hoping I can keep that up a bit longer!
Monday: Rest. I've decided to replace my Monday stretch/strength days with full rest days for the remainder of training. Now that my long runs have gotten...long, I feel like it is more helpful for me to rest the legs on Mondays rather than working them out in some other way. (Also, I hate strength training, so this decision was not hard to make...haha. I KNOW I should do more of it. I know...)
Tuesday: 4.5 miles, easy pace. Nothing major to report. I went out at 5:30am, threw in some hill work for good measure. Felt good! 9:37 pace.
Wednesday: 8 x 400 intervals at 5K pace. With my cold finally gone, this was the first speed session in a while that actually felt good! Difficult, but good. I was able to keep to a jog between all the intervals except the last three (I walked for the two slow periods between those). But I kept 5K pace for all 8 and felt like a strong-arm emoji at the end.
Friday: Rest. I know a lot of runners that see rest days with disdain (because they'd rather be running), but I LOOOOVE rest day! Because as much as I love running, I also love not waking up at 5am. :)
Saturday: 5 miles @ race pace. This run rocked my socks! First of all, because I looked like a ninja:
I like to refer to this as my Claire Underwood running outfit (for the House of Cards fans out there). My husband asked me if I was going to a funeral, and then I ended up running past an actual funeral at the cemetery near my house, which was awkward.
ANYWAY. The weather was in the 50's, beautifully sunny, and by the second mile, I was able to tell (without checking my Garmin first) if I was going too fast or too slow vs my intended 9:45 pace. I ended up with a 9:39 average pace by the end (NAILED IT!). Holding that pace is definitely taking more effort as the race pace runs get longer, but I am really glad that these are part of my training--probably the the most valuable training that I'm doing this time around, if I had to guess.
Sunday: 10 mile long run. I loved this run. I was nervous about it in the morning--my stomach was not feeling great when I woke up (thanks to imbibing a bit more wine than intended the night before with friends...and also that hot sausage sandwich for dinner did me no favors), but I ate my toast and peanut butter, sipped on my water, and was feeling good by the time I left.
I experimented with nutrition again during this run. Since I plan to eat something every 45 minutes during the race, I decided that today I would take 2 different food options with me. At the 45 minute mark, I tried a caffeinated Gu Roctane gel. Aaaaand commence immediate stomach cramps...noooo! I started gulping water like crazy, and thankfully the cramps subsided. They did come back occasionally (especially around the 7 mile mark), but never amounted to anything, thank goodness.
At 1:30, I ate half of a Honey Stinger caramel waffle. Only half because I got so annoyed with trying to chew it, that I decided it wasn't worth it to finish! I know several of you said you use the waffles as pre-race fuel right before the start, and after this experience I do agree that that might be the way to go. It tasted good (almost like a Dutch stroopwafel!), but was a complete pain to eat mid-run.
Despite the stomach cramps, this run went great. I kept a pretty steady pace, and even though I was getting sore by the end, I had a good amount of energy left in me. I had negative splits for almost every mile (not by a lot, I was trying to keep it slow), and the fastest mile was #9. 10:20 average. Can't ask for anything better than that! And woohoo for double digit miles! I haven't done that since my half last year.
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How was your running week, friends?
What's your favorite time of day to run? And do you often get to run at that time?
I love running in the early afternoon (I feel better hydrated/fueled at that time than I do early in the morning), but really only get to do that on Saturdays.