There are just 2 (full) weeks of training left. And there are just 3 weeks until the marathon. Gulp.
- Tuesday: 5-mile run — 5.49 miles, 53:21/9:43 pace. Completed while the girls took their afternoon nap, about 12:30 p.m.
I don’t remember much about this run, except that I felt good, less than 36 hours removed from my 18-miler.
Zumbawalk — 3.11 miles, 49:37/15:57 pace. Completed late afternoon, about 3:15 p.m., with the girls in the stroller.
I skipped Zumba in favor of a long-ish walk with the girls, so I tried to make haste to get the most out of it.
10-mile run– 3.5 miles, 32:25/9:16 pace. Completed while the girls took their afternoon nap, about 12:45 p.m.
I felt so horrible — headache, sinus congestion, chest congestion, cough, generally out of it — but I knew at least a few miles were in order. The first quarter mile was like an out-of-body experience; my legs felt wobbly and my head felt fuzzy. The rest of the run was just difficult.
- Friday: rest
Rest day, best day!
- Saturday: 20-mile run – 20.02 miles, 3:36:52, 10:50 pace. Completed in the morning, starting at 7 a.m.
I am so incredibly proud of this run!
I set out at 7 a.m. and did 12.5 miles by myself. I stopped at Mile 5 for some fuel, then again about Mile 8 (the turnaround) to walk and text Christopher, then at Mile 10 for some more fuel.
Miles 1-4: 9:28, 9:40, 10:02, 10:14
Miles 5-8: 10:10, 11:21, 9:55, 9:39
Miles 9-12: 11:31, 9:36, 11:47, 10:50
I arrived back home about 9 a.m. and had some Jell-O and Gatorade and stretched my legs. Christopher and I loaded up the girls and headed out for 7.5 miles together. We stopped at Mile 15 for some fuel, then again at Mile 18 and Mile 19 for a break and to summon the energy for the last mile. Miles 13-16: 9:44, 10:00, 10:31, 12:09 Miles 17-20: 11:44, 13:09, 12:16, 12:54 I forgot to take my inhaler, but I miraculously did not at all struggle with my breath. I started out “slower” than usual, at closer to 10:00 pace, which I think benefited me later (e.g. Miles 10, 13 and 14). I tried really hard to space out my breaks (every 5 miles) and run as much and as steadily as possible in between the breaks, I think that also benefited me later; it was really difficult to keep running Miles 16-18, but it made the break at Miles 18 and 19 so much more worth it. This was just an amazing training run — and a personal (training) distance record. It might still be 6.2 miles shy of the marathon distance, but it has completely instilled in me the confidence to not only finish Marathon No. 2, but finish it with an insane PR.
A photo posted by Christopher Heimerman (@cheimerman) on May 2, 2015 at 9:01am PDT
- Sunday: rest
On the docket for this week, which marks the start of the taper:
- Today – yoga
- Tuesday – 5-mile run
- Wednesday – Zumba
- Thursday – 8-mile run
- Friday – Body Pump
- Saturday – 10-mile run
- Sunday – rest