Total distance for the week: 27.62 miles
We had a hit and a miss with my new running purchases from last week.
The hit is my new Under Armour running shorts. I took them out on two runs this week (including today's long run), and they were awesome. A little shorter than I am used to, but because they are not compression shorts (super-short compression shorts ride up my thighs in an oh-so-unsightly way), they were still comfortable. Thumbs up!
Unfortunately, for me, that was not true. I took the FlipBelt out on Saturday's 3 mile run. I had it on my hips, like so:
|I strategically washed out this photo so you cannot see my stretch marks. You're welcome. #mombod|
|Post-run. NO LIKEY.|
Anyway, on to my workouts!
Tuesday: 5 miles, easy pace. So humid!! I made the mistake of wearing light gray compression capris, and was worried I had a patch of butt sweat on them the whole time (luckily, did not). Ha. But, the run itself was not bad, with an average pace of 9:47.
Wednesday: 45 minute tempo run. My longest tempo run of this training cycle! I did it on the treadmill, it went very well, minus the fact that my knee started bugging me again. Ho-hum.
This run was just okay. I had a fast average pace for an easy run (9:24), but my knee was bugging me again and I feel like I went fast just so I could get home quickly and in one piece. Meh.
Friday: Rest. I needed it after 2 wonky knee days.
Saturday: 3 miles @ race pace. This run was a bit of a test...one, so that I could test my new shorts and FlipBelt (already talked about that), but two, so that I could see how my knee felt. If it bothered me again on this run, I was going to shorten my Sunday long run. I didn't want to make the knee worse before race day. However, I did this entire run in my local park, on nice even trails, and...zero knee pain. So I am 99% sure this knee thing is from running on cambered roads, as I mentioned last week. Yay for a pain-free run! If only I had more non-road running options.
Oh, and I was a tad fast...9:35 (goal was 9:45)...like I've said before, I tend to go too fast vs too slow on these race pace runs. At least it was only by a little bit.
Sunday: 12 mile long run. My LAST really long run before the race! And it was fantastic. I did part of the run in the park, in order to give my knee an easier time, and it did not bug me one bit during the entire run. I started out at 7am with great cloud cover and temps in the 60s--perfect. I took 2 Gu's during the run (non-caffeinated, at 4.5 miles and 9 miles), and just like last week, not a single peep from my stomach. I am so psyched about this. They also gave me a great kick, as I always felt a bit of energy come back within a mile of fueling. I think I may have finally figured out how to control my ridiculous stomach!
I did have to stop for a pee break at Tim Horton's...AGAIN...I think I am just going to have to plan for this on race day. It always happens between the 6-7 mile marks. I guess I better study that race map for porta potty stops.
The sun did come out around mile 4, which was a little rough, but I had a good amount of water with me so I pushed through. My second Gu at mile 9 really helped me out, and my mile splits in the last 3 miles were some of the fastest of the entire run. Ended with 10:05 average pace, faster than I intended for a long run, but I just felt good!
And came home to chocolate chocolate chip pancakes, which is never, ever a bad thing.
I am linking up again with Tara's Weekend Update at Running 'N Reading (a fantastic blog for runners and readers alike!!). Check it out!
How was your running week, friends?
What's your favorite post-early-run breakfast?