8 miles (7:47)
I ran a very short speed workout with a group. I PR’ed on the 800 — maybe because it was on a straight path (no turns), and I knew I was only doing one.
2-mile warm up, .75 mile jogging/short sprints, 800 (2:49), 400 (1:21), 200 (37), 2-mile cool down
push ups, planks
6 miles (8:14)
push ups, planks
3 miles (8:04)
Easy pre-marathon tune up run.
Saturday: Akron Marathon
26.31 miles (7:08) Time: 3:07: 22
.5 mile warm up
Splits of 6:47, 6:50, 6:38, 6:50, 6:37, 6:46, 6:58, 6:48, 6:45, 6:39, 6:51, 6:48, 6:57, 7:10, 7:11, 7:05, 7:03, 7:12, 7:13, 7:40, 7:28, 7:47, 8:09, 7:59, 7:05, 7:44, 7:00
Placing: 5th overall female, Akron Marathon Race Series overall female winner (points total from the 8k, half marathon, full marathon)
Having run this marathon last year, I was not going out for a PR, only a course PR. The second half is extremely challenging and the long, gradual hills are nearly impossible (for me anyway) to maintain pace on. Like last year, I had a good first half and a bad second half. There are a few reasons why I crashed and suffered:
It was very hot. The race started out in the upper 60s and it was around mid 70s by the time I finished. It got hotter as the sun became stronger, and there was not a lot of shade on the course. I drank as much as I could but it still was not enough. I had to walk at one point just to get water down. I dumped water on myself at each stop, of course, accidentally spilling it all over my shoes. By mile 10, my shoes were already water logged and my socks were squishy. Because of the temperature and hydration issues, I suffered from thirst, nausea, dizziness and sluggishness.
I was forced to do a longer taper because an injury was developing. My ankles ached during the marathon, but it was not as debilitating as it could have been. During the last month of my training I had two choices: cut back the miles or keep pushing and probably not make it to the starting line. I have never done well with a long taper, and I felt like I had no endurance in the second half. My last 20 miler was 3 weeks before the race, which is too long for me. My body seems to forget things easily.
I was not well rested. I have had a lot of work lately and was kind of sleep deprived. This definitely did not help.
Perhaps I ran the first half too fast? I decided to go out a little faster this year because I felt like I was in better shape. But I did not account for the heat and the effects of a long taper. This marathon is really hard to pace because the downhills don’t feel like as much effort. My 6:30s-40s were on downhill stretches. However, I felt like I was pretty much done at mile 14. I walked three times in the second half, and got passed by the 4th place woman, who ended up finishing 5 minutes ahead of me. I also felt pressure to run faster so that I could get done sooner and beat the heat. I am not sure how much better/worse I would have done by going out slower.
I did get my course PR — by 8 whole seconds! Like last year, I placed 5th female (cash/podium glory for top 5!). After suffering so much and losing confidence in the second half, I was very happy that I made the cut. Although this was not my best race and I did not have great weather, I’m glad I ran this one again. The Akron Marathon is such a great event — it is very well organized, and there is such amazing support and sense of community. It also aligned with my work schedule so I just had to do it again!
I took the day off but did some easy walking while sight-seeing with family.
Total miles: 50