Three weeks to go. This was a good training week, but I didn’t quite hit the mileage. On days when my schedule said “8-10”, I did 8, and so on. Still, I got it done. I had a couple of less-than-stellar days in there, but I felt like the week ended on a high note with solid runs on Friday and Saturday.
Monday– 2.5 at 10:38 pace. I was struggling with heinous stomach cramps the whole time and had to cut this one short.
Tuesday – 5 miles at 9:30 pace with my friend E. Very chilly – this was the first tights run of the year!
Wednesday – rest
Thursday– Tempo Thursday! I did a two mile warm up (with my pup), 5 miles at tempo, and a 1 mile cooldown. 8 miles total on the day. The tempo miles were pretty uneven, but I did manage to make my last one the fastest!
Friday – 4.1 miles at 9:28 pace. My legs felt a little heavy the first two miles, but then they got their snappiness back towards the end. (Sidenote: the fall temps are absolutely perfect dog running weather!)
Saturday – 17 miles at 9:39 overall, with a 15-minute strong finish. (Last mile was the fastest of the day at 8:30 – woohoo!) This was a fab run. It’s getting harder for me to find company for my long runs as most of my buds did their A race earlier in the season, and in fact, many were racing this weekend. But I got to run with a new-ish running buddy for the first 13 or so, and we just easily clicked away those miles! We even mixed it up with a few trail miles in the middle. Nothing too technical, just a grassy loop around a park. I warned her I was afraid of breaking myself right before my race!
Sunday – Plenty of walking as I spectated and cheered on my friends at the Iron Horse Half Marathon! I also did a little yoga on my own.
Total – 36.6 miles