A few things went wrong for this run, but the #1 thing was getting behind on my calories. We did an out-and-back course and were supposed to do a progression throughout the 20 miles. It wasn’t very cold outside when I got out of my car, so I didn’t dress appropriately for what we encountered once we got to the canyon. The canyon wind and temp were brutal. Honestly, I have not been that cold in years… the wind was nuts. I was supposed to take my second gel at mile 8, but I could not even move my fingers to get it out and open. I didn’t take a gel until many miles after I usually do because I couldn’t move my fingers.
The last two miles were downhill, but here is what my miles looked like:
Total of 1,243 ft of up and 1,243 of down–> 7:58, 7:46, 7:35, 7:31, 7:13, 7:11, 6:59, 6:53, 7:26, 7:45 (the wind was so bad here and this is where we turned and then had the tailwind in the canyon), 6:33, 6:21, 6:19, 6:15, 6:53, 7:06, 6:24, 6:56, 6:05, 5:59. So while I didn’t hit my workout for the day, the effort was there, and I didn’t quit!
It was one of those runs where you wonder how in the world you are going to hit your goals in a month because marathon pace felt too hard, but then you remind yourself (100 times) that it is normal to have runs you feel awful in and if you hit every workout perfectly, they probably aren’t hard enough!
And if my fingers are too cold to open gels at Boston, I will stop to ask people to open them for me. I cannot run long distances without a gel every 4 miles.
Once we were back in the sun, my body was so thankful.
We spent a lot of time outside with the neighbors.
Andrew picked up Brooke in California to come home!
Monday: 13 miles @ 8:09 average
Tuesday: 9.4 @ 8:24 average
Wednesday: 20 miles @ 7:02 pace with 1,100 ft of climbing in the pouring rain. This got us ready for Boston:). 3-mile warm-up, 4 miles rolling hills @ 6:14 average, .5 recovery jog, 3 miles of flat and then downhill @ 6:02 average, .5 recovery jog, 2 miles with 1st 1.5 miles straight up and then flat and downhill for the rest @ 7:57 average, .5 recovery jog, 1 mile downhill @ 5:30, 5.5ish c/d. I definitely tested my mental strength with this workout.
Thursday: 10 miles @ 8:26 average
Friday: 8 miles @ 8:47 average
Saturday: 20 miles @ 6:57 average. I was supposed to do a progression from start to finish, and I accomplished that except for miles 9-10 & 15-18.
It’s time for peak week this week… looks like the weather is going to try once again to stop us, but we won’t let it😵💫
Tell me some highlights of your weekend!
Favorite lip stuff?!
-Aquaphor. I am hooked.
Hardest run you have done recently? Did you make any mistakes?
Last flight you took?