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Long Run Recap – Backing Down to Reality

Hey heeeeyyy!

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was BUSY, and FILLED with best friend time and celebrating a beautiful marriage. I took a zillion photos on my phone and will be sure to share them with you probably tomorrow! If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve already seen several!

Saturday morning I had a long run planned, and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I pretty much took most of last week off after the half, and since I’ve got a couple extra weeks in my marathon training plan as a buffer, I knew I would have a hard time taking this run very seriously. I had 14 miles on the ‘ole mental agenda, and immediately talked myself down to 10. We had company coming in town, and needed to finish cleaning the house, and pick up a wedding gift so I really wanted to get this run over and done with. Plus it was cold. And WINDY. GAH!

After 10 miles, (and I knew this would happen, it happens every time) I talked myself back up to 12 miles. I knew if I didn’t do more I’d be kicking myself next weekend. So, 12 it was. Just one more lap around the lake. But then I decided that since I had already told myself to do 14, I should at least get a little bit closer, so I finally settled on a half marathon. 13.1 always seems like a good stopping point in my mind. And today, I was MORE than okay stopping at 13.1. My feet and shins were screaming at me the last two miles, probably because this was the first back-t0-back long long run in a good while. Now that they’ve gotten the memo that I’m once again putting them through torture, I think they’ll be a-ok for the next one 😉

I decided to MAKE myself run slow, and stick to a more realistic pace for race day. I can run a sub-9 minute mile all day long, but when it comes to marathon race day, that’s not going to happen, and realistically is not part of my plan. So, I’m going to try to make myself slow down from here on out, and focus on running my long runs closer to what I want to run them on race day and try to be more consistent with the first and second half of the race. Wish me luck!

Here’s how it all went down:

Mile 1- 9:09
Mile 2- 8:55
Mile 3- 9:15
Mile 4- 9:11
Mile 5- 9:18
Mile 6- 9:04
Mile 7- 9:17
Mile 8- 9:22
Mile 9- 9:23
Mile 10- 9:24
Garmin died and switched to Map My Run, and switched to walking/running/shins dying/not caring anymore because it was freezing.
Mile 11- 9:23
Mile 12- 11:07
Mile 13- 12:40
Mile 13.1- 10:46 (???? not sure how accurate that is, I’m pretty sure it didn’t take me 10 minutes to go a tenth of a mile, so maybe that’s just the pace I was going?)

marathon training 10 miles

marathon training last 3.1

marathon training lr

13.1 mile training run

Annnnnnnd somehow Truckee knew exactly how I felt when I got home.

cute black lab

I think switching gears and purposefully slowing down my long runs to a pace that is more realistic to race day is going to be a challenge. I want so bad to run every run as hard and as fast as I can, and while I’m still going to incorporate speed work, I know I really want to be able to ENJOY the WDW Marathon, and not be too too attached to a certain time. I also know that training is going to center around the holiday again, and this go-around I’m a little more laid back with how strict I am with my training.

I know I can run a 2 hour first half no problem, but I also know 100% that the second half of the marathon is more like a 2 1/2 hour pace. I mean, let’s be real! I’d rather run a more consistent pace throughout the whole thing than majorly slow down the second half because I killed the first half too hard. But, I’m sure that’s going to happen anyways with all of the excitement of the day! Ideally, the first and second half would be somewhat close to the same time, but I know I’m not capable of that unless I slow it down, be patient, and don’t give it my all during the first half. Either way, here’s to focusing on a pace that will be easier to maintain for the LONG HAUL!

Do you have to make yourself slow down sometimes? What is your pacing strategy? How was your weekend? Is it finally cold where you live?

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    Heather @Fit n Cookies
    November 3, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I definitely understand how hard it is to slow down! I am used to running in the low to mid 8s and it took me until like the last week of training to run slower. It’s hard! Also, Map my Run just tells you the pace for the end of the run 😉 Anyway, I love that you pushed yourself and got a half in!
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      Sweet Miles
      November 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Haha, it really is hard!! I want to run everything at that pace, but I know I will hate myself miles 20-26 if I don’t give myself a break during the first half!

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    Rachel O
    November 3, 2014 at 7:43 am

    The 10:46 should be your pace for the .1 mile, not the time you did it in. 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      November 10, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      I think you’re right 🙂 I don’t use map my run too often, so it threw me off!

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    Shalama
    November 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

    SC had a real cold front come thru with a little snow this past weekend. As far as running, I always have a mental fight with myself when the mileage starts ramping up or I just am not in tremolos even though I know I still need to get it in.
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      Sweet Miles
      November 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      It really is a mental fight! I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles with that! It’s like I KNOW I can do it, but lately finding the motivation to do it and do it well is wearing on me!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    November 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

    It was super windy this weekend wasn’t it? I am glad to know I’m not the only one who plays the miles number game with myself on a run. : )
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      Sweet Miles
      November 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Oh girl, I play allllll sorts of games with myself while I run!! It’s so bad!!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    November 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Running in the wind is so hard! Good for you for sticking pretty close to your original goal! I would have been like…Oh, I did 2 miles, I’m good.
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      Sweet Miles
      November 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Haha, well when you’ve got a marathon looming in the distance, it would suck even more on race day if I didn’t get these training miles in 😉

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    Jamie @ Wandering Portlander
    November 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    It is always hard for me to slow down. I have to really think about it and watch my pace on my phone a little to be sure it is actually slower. Such a pain, but worth it.
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      Sweet Miles
      November 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Agreed, it’s annoying, but worth it in the end. I wish I could hold my dream pace all the way through, but it’s just not going to happen! (yet 😉 )

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    Jenn
    November 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Love that dog!

    You did great! I love that you talked yourself down and right back up!

    I struggle a lot with pacing. I just get out there and try to go as fast as I can, and I’m sure it gasses me out. I’m a slow learner though 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      November 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Haha, I have that problem too, often my first mile is ALWAYS my fastest mile!

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    Tara @ Running 'N' Reading
    November 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Sarah, I really have to focus on slowing down during the first few miles of a race; it’s really tough, though, isn’t it? There’s just so much “start-of-the-race excitement” that it takes a lot of strength to pull myself out of that environment/mind set long enough to slow down. It’s easier for me to cope with the energy meltdown when I have an idea of how I’ll feel toward the end but, since I’ve yet to run 26.2 miles, I know I’ve GOT to stay sane in the beginning if I want to survive until the end. I hope you’re feeling okay!
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      Sweet Miles
      November 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Same here! I get to excited at first and I must convince myself that I feel great and can “totally sustain this pace” ha! Never happens!

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    LifeAsAConvert
    November 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I’m in Arkansas too.. The weather on my side is finally cooling off. Perfect for running.. Fall has always been my favorite time to run, especially in Arkansas.
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      Sweet Miles
      November 10, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      I agree, running in the fall is the best! Are you ready for the super cold weather headed our way??

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    Emily @ Sweets and Beets
    November 4, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I know how it feels to make yourself run slow… but those are great mile times for a long run! =)

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      Sweet Miles
      November 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      It’s definitely hard to force yourself to slow down, but I think it is much needed!

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