After my knee being stubborn last week, I’m happy to report that it’s back to normal now. I was really spoiled during my last training cycle that I experienced zero pain or physical problems. I think a repeat performance would be great, but I know that my body might have other ideas. I’m determined to listen to it and train smart.
- Total miles run so far during training:51 (22.85 this week)
- Geronimo’s total miles: 1! He ran a warm-up mile with me on Friday.
- Interval run: 5×1000. This was a toughy! The distance and pace were a push. I don’t know that I could have done more than 5 intervals. Luckily, that’s all the plan called for.
Tempo run: I decided that I was in the mood to just run easy. I ran 6 miles per my plan, but I said “to hell with my pace” and just ran comfortably.
- Long run: 11 miles in just over two hours. I was aiming for a 10:50 pace and ended up with 10:54. I’ll take it.
- Emotional state: relieved that my knee didn’t prevent me from running happy.
Yesterday’s long run was gray.
You’d think all the gray running in Germany last year would prepare me for overcast days like this. Nope. I like the sunshine! Cold and sunny is my favorite combination. The gray was all I could complain about, though. It was cool out, and I felt strong. The run was (dare I say it) easy. I spent almost the whole 11 miles thinking about how much I love marathon training. I am one of those people who needs to have a goal, and marathon training is the right amount of challenging and rewarding. ‘Twas a good run.
Earlier this week, I spent some time studying the El Paso Marathon elevation chart. Lets take a looksee:
That’s a happy elevation chart right there. Downhill, plenty of flat, not much in the way of rolling hills. But on closer inspection, you can see that all the downhill is right at the start of the race. Hmmm. I’ve never run a race like that before. Does one use the downhill to her advantage and run as fast as her legs will carry her? I worry that would cause me to bonk. The key to any successful marathon is not going out too fast. Then again, would I be wasting the downhill if I run it too conservatively?
I’ve got plenty of time to figure out strategy, but this one is a head-scratcher for sure. Thoughts? Advice?
Also, I want to wish good luck to all those preparing for the Dallas Marathon on Sunday. I’ve got my fingers crossed for good weather.