The day did not start off good. I woke up later than I had wanted which meant I had to head out the door without breakfast. BIG. BAD. HUGE. MISTAKE. Typically on long run days I get out of bed around 8:00 am, drink my coffee & eat a bowl of oatmeal. I usually do some stuff around the house while waking up and letting my breakfast settle. Getting out the door between 9:00-9:30 am is average. Getting up, rushing around and running within 15 minutes of waking up is not normal. I had to get out the door no later than 7:30 am so that I would have time to make it to my husband's first spring football game. There was no way I was running 22 miles in the afternoon!
Miles 1-2 were supposed to be easy miles with a target pace of 8:00- 8:30. I felt like I was struggling. My legs felt heavy. I wasn't feeling it. I was hungry!
Miles 2-5 were miles at my threshold pace of 6:40-6:55. I immediately hit a 6:43 pace and then struggled to maintain it. Crap. This is not going well. I really struggled. Nothing felt right. Ended up with a 6:47 pace. Not too shabby for how crappy I felt.
Miles 5-17 were more easy miles at 8:00- 8:30. I had to stop twice and stretch out my calves because they were so tight. I mean really tight. At this point I was just acting like a drama queen and figured it would take me 5 hours to get my run finished. I was cold. I was hungry and becoming cranky. I actually texted my hubby the second time I stopped to stretch and told him if I wasn't home by the time he left for his game, I promised I would be there by 12:00 pm.
Miles 17-20 was another set at threshold pace of 6:40- 6:55. At this point I knew I could do it. Piece of cake. I dug deep and found another gear and actually felt pretty good. Kept a 6:44 pace for this set.
Miles 20-22 were more easy miles at 8:00- 8:30. I ran this way faster than my target pace, partially because I was tired of running and wanted to get warm and get food.
Overall time was 2:47:44, 7:37 pace. I was surprised when I saw my splits and happy that I stuck it out and found another gear. I had plenty of time to inhale my breakfast, make some coffee, take a super hot shower and make it to my hubby's game. Looks like I should be getting the "Wife of the Year" award!!!!
My total miles for the week: 50
I found this on pinterest the other day. Thought that it captured 99% of the reasons why I run.
Questions for you:
Did anyone do anything fun over the weekend?
Have any races or great workouts?
Celebrate St. Patty's day?