Marathon Training Week 10
10 easy miles (8:17)
8 miles (7:18), 2 mile cool down (8:14)
This was a 10 mile run with 3 miles at half marathon pace. The breakdown was: 2 mile warm up, 3 miles at goal half marathon pace (6:38), 3 miles steady (7:30), followed by a 2 mile cool down. I ran with the bf and had a hard time maintaining just 3 flat pace miles, thinking to myself that I had to do 13 of them on a hillier course. I just hoped that, come race day, magic would happen with fresh legs and adrenaline.
8.55 miles (7:55)
Plus running to and from the car-I will call it 9.
I took an off day from running to rest for the half marathon.
light arms, abs, legs
Friday: Easy run
3.3 miles (8:04)
Saturday: Long run
1.2 mile warm up plus strides, half marathon in 1:27:37, 1.2 mile cool down
This race went as planned and I was happy with it. I was pretty sure I would not all-time PR. I ran it last year so I knew that it had some hills and that the distance was over 13.2 miles. I was still around 2 minutes faster so I am hoping that means I improved. It was cooler this year, which also could have had something to do with the improvement. As always in Akron, Ohio, there is no even pacing-there is only surviving the uphills and banking time on the downhills! I averaged my goal pace of 6:38 for 13.23 miles, 6:42 by official time. Splits were: 6:32, 6:33, 6:34, 6:39, 6:38, 6:49, 6:32, 6:41, 6:48, 6:36, 6:52, 6:32, 6:33, 5:28.
Sunday: Recovery run
8 miles (8:14)
Total Miles: 56
I took a mileage drop back week to reset and somewhat rest for the half marathon. I hit my goal of sub-1:29 on this course and my watch had my exact goal pace of 6:38 per mile. I had planned on trying for sub-1:26 on my next one but I now have a scheduling conflict with my first passion: a musical opportunity. I will most likely not be able to make it to my planned flat half marathon in a few weeks. I will try to find something else to race. I feel like I am in decent enough shape to PR on a flat half course but I won’t be after some post-marathon time off!