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