My last long run is DONE and there are just two weeks til the marathon. I can't wait!
Training was great this week... I had a fabulous 6.6 mile run with 4 miles at a decently hard effort (7:10 min/miles - I really surprised myself!)...I did lots of yoga (forgot how GREAT it makes me feel when I do yoga consistently...and then got sick Friday night.
I wasn't sure if I was sick or it was allergies, so I went for my planned 4 mile run, but after that it was pretty clear I was sick. I spent all of Saturday on the couch with a very sore throat and general fatigue and achiness. Around 6 PM I decided to try a little yoga and it actually helped me feel better.
I pretty much wrote off my Sunday long run but when I woke up this morning, I was feeling better and decided to give it a go. I went to a 7.8 mile loop near my house and the only goal was to run the second lap faster than the first (in all honesty I really wanted to keep my pace under 9:00/mile, but I didn't want to push myself too hard). It turned out to be a really great run...first lap in about 1:06 and second lap in about 1:03.
I know there is a chance I could BQ, but I don't want to think about it. I'm just happy my IT band has been cooperating and my runs have felt pretty good. I'm giving myself 3 more chances after LA to try and cut 6 minutes off my marathon PR, so I want to just enjoy this marathon and do the best I can.
Summary of the week:
Monday - easy 4 miles
Tuesday - 30 day shred level 2, 20 minute yoga podcast (core strengthening)
Wedensday - 6.6. miles w/ 4 at 7:10 pace (7:50 pace overall)
Thursday: - rest
Friday - 4 miles at 7:52 pace
Saturday - 60 minute yoga podcast (asymmetrical backbends)
Sunday - 15.6 miles, avg 8:21 pace
Total - 30.2 miles