Sorry for the disappearing act. I took the weekend off to spend quality time with Stephen. We ended up with a busy Saturday sandwiched between two lazy days. We watched season one of The Walking Dead, had Chinese take-out, bummed about, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Enough of that, though. Let’s talk running.
I’m now less than 2 months away from the Konigsforst Marathon! This week was all about ratcheting the miles back up following the previous week’s decrease. Not only did I do that (yeay!) but I killed the cross training.
- Number of workouts this week: 6! (3 runs & 3 cross-training sessions!)
- Total number of miles run so far during training: 157.9 (27 this week!)
- Geronimo’s total number of miles this week: 4.5
- Temperature on the coldest run: 22 degrees – Brr!
- Days until the marathon: 55
The long run was 15 miles. 15 is a sticking point distance for me. It just seems substantially longer than 13, even though I know it’s really not that much more. During my first round of marathon training in the fall of 2010, 15 miles really threw me for a loop. I was so intimidated that I actually quit training for 2 weeks thinking that I’d just be a halfer. I can’t remember now what got me over the hump back then, but I was determined that the distance wouldn’t derail me this go around, intimidated or not.
Like most of my long runs these days, I took it in parts. Part 1: 3 miles with Geronimo. We ran our usual 1.5 out and back. We said hello to the piggies we sometimes see. We happily bounded through the snow. (Well, he happily bounded; I tolerated it.)
Part 2: 6 miles, to Mantel and back. This was the easiest section. I had acclimated to running on the snow and when I was actually in Mantel (all of 1 mile), the roads were snow-free. I don’t like the hills in this tiny town, but I do like the scenery. This portion went by quickly.
Part 3: 6 more miles. I stopped off at home to get more Gu and water. It’s so cold out that the Gu turns into concrete if I carry it on me for too long. It’s easier to just leave it at home and pick it up shortly before I need it. During the last 3 miles, I was feeling pretty lonely. Oh, how I would have loved having someone to talk to. I just talked to myself instead. (I’m not crazy, I swear!)
Long Run Stats:
- 15 mile finish time: 2:38:48
- Average pace: 10:35 per mile
My training plan called for a 10:30 pace. I was overjoyed to see that my average pace was not to far off. Some miles were slower (Gu breaks, crappy traction due to the snow, fatigue), but I powered through best as I could.
In fact, I was feeling good enough at the end to go for a fast finish. I went full throttle on the very last mile. At one point, I was hitting a 7:20 pace. As Stephen would say, “Bazinga!”
- Great things about this week’s training: killed the long run, solidly completed the other two runs, managed 3 cross training session, and my body isn’t feeling to achey or sore.
- Less than great things: My sweets craving is in overdrive. After I run, all I want is sugar sugar sugar. I may change my name to Sugar Monster. It’s ridiculous. I’m trying to satiate it with fruit smoothies, but it doesn’t quite do the trick. Ideas? Suggestions?
There ya have it. Another week of training done and gone. This week will be more of the same – interval run, tempo run, 16 mile long run, and cross training.
Questions – do you have a mileage that just feels too far? 15 scares me more than 16 does! Do you get cravings when you work out more? How do I curb them? Should I just give in? Please say yes. On that note, there are some Girl Scout cookies calling my name.*