Good morning everyone! I hope you had wonderful weekends. Mine was relatively low-key, although we did have some visitors for the first part. It’s weird how time during my long run crawls by, yet the rest of the weekend seems to go by in two seconds.
I also cannot believe that I just finished week 10 of marathon training. I’m more than halfway through the 18-week program! I also survived a 17-mile run which I find hard to believe. Still, a marathon is almost 10 miles more than that. [Insert terrified face here.]
Generally, though, this week was pretty good on the running front. Although I was feeling weirdly tired for some of the week, that didn’t seem to affect my performance too much.
If you want to read recaps of the first half of my training, click below!
Week 10’s training definitely amped back up the mileage as compared to week 9.
4 mile run at 9:38 pace
8 mile run at 9:40 pace
1 hour Power Yoga at home
4 mile run at 9:32 pace
17 mile run at 9:48 pace
Favorite Run: Probably my long run, although this is not to say that it was easy by any means. I felt pretty good for the first 13 miles, and then the last 4 were just downright painful. My body wasn’t super ready to handle that extra 40 minutes. I spent the rest of the afternoon limping a little. (Now I understand why people use ice baths.) BUT I’m super proud of myself for finishing 17 miles, and although my hips, legs, and feet got really tired, aerobically & energy-wise, I could have kept going, so that’s progress!
Least Favorite Run: Weirdly enough, my 4 miles on Monday. I’d had a super stressful Sunday dealing with work issues. Basically, I thought I was going to have to re-do a whole bunch of work due to some changes in the design template I was using. Luckily, that didn’t happen, but I sped through my run in the morning all distracted, just wanting it to end. Hey, I guess life does that sometimes, right?
Fueling: Well…I went and bought some Clif bloks before dinner on Friday night…and then left them at the restaurant. Fail. So although I had planned to alternate fueling with dates and Clif bloks during my long run, it ended up yet again being just dates. Plus a Nuun tablet in my water bottle for the last 5 miles. I actually think dates work great in keeping my energy up, but after 12 miles or so, I just don’t want to eat something that substantial any more!
Entertainment: No changes here! I listened to No Meat Athlete (which I’m actually starting to enjoy less) and the Rich Roll podcast (which is still amazing most of the time!) I probably had about 5 hours worth of podcasts on my ipod, so this easily took me through my long run and kept me entertained. Thank goodness.
That’s it for now. Have an amazing week!