Sorry for the absence yesterday, I really intended on getting a post up last night, but dinner, and dishes, and laundry were calling my name. Imagine that!
This past weekend was super busy- a long run, 2 photo shoots, and a wedding! Here’s a quick glimpse at my handsome husband and I at the wedding, and one of our favorite couples…
Before I get into today’s topic which is to tell you all about my first 14 miler on Saturday, I wanted to do a little bragging on my fellow Sweat Pink sistas. I posted a question on the group’s FB wall last night and was so impressed by all of the genuine, helpful, and encouraging replies I received! Check it out…
And part 2…
Tons of great tips there! The Sweat Pink community is an awesome resource and I’ve loved being a part of it thus far!
Marathon Training: My First 14 Mile Run
Ok, so as you know, these last 5 weeks of marathon training are getting slightly more compressed than is recommended, but it’s just going to have to work! (I know you experienced marathoners are probably cringing at my plan, but I’ve talked to a few marathoners and I should be ok!) Last Saturday I ran farther than I’ve ever ran at one time in my entire life: 14.1 miles, 15 if you count the 1 mile walk back to our car!
It went really well, and I felt GREAT up until about mile 11 when my foot/shin bone side muscle started to cramp up and felt tight for the remainder of the run. I think I’ve decided it’s because I was only drinking water, and didn’t have anything to really replace my electrolytes, thus the cramping. My half marathon last week went perfectly, which I think is due to the fact that I was able to alternate between water and gatorade. I’m going to try out some Nuun, as well as probably take a Gatorade with me on my long run this Saturday.
My pace is what surprised me the most! My half marathon time was ALMOST exactly what it was when I PR’d two weeks ago. Definitely wasn’t expecting that to happen! My pace slowed down a lot the last few miles, and I’m hoping to solve that by starting out slower, AND being better about replacing my electrolytes, and taking in more salt during my run!
Here are my splits from the 14.1:
For a grand total of:
2:07:50 ; 14.1 miles ; 9:04 average pace
So, I’m feeling good about where I’m at pace and stamina wise, just still a little worried about the prospect of cramping feet!
I think for my 16 this Saturday I’m going to try and start off slower, and maybe try to hold most of my splits right around 9:00. I’d love to run as many miles as possible in the 8’s, but I know once I start compounding the miles, I KNOW my pace will inevitably fall. I haven’t put in enough long miles to be able to hold it like I’d like to. But, I’m still going to try as hard as I can! There’s something motivating about seeing the miles pass by and them starting with an 8, even if I can stay at an 8:59! And as much as I think I can keep an average pace in the low 9’s, like last Sat, I think what it’s going to come down to is how my feet and legs physically hold up, not my cardio! Dear feetsies, don’t fail me now!!
I’m comin’ for ya marathon! One mile at a time. 5 weeks to go.
Tonight’s run was a quick treadmill workout at the gym. 4 miles- 8:49, 8:41, 8:49, 8:00.
I think tomorrow I’ll try and do 6 or 7, then another 4 on Thursday, then the 16 on Saturday. Whew!
When I got home from my run I was flipping through Runner’s World and came across an ad for the Little Rock Marathon! Hows abouts that!
I’m still iffy on if I’m going to sign up for either race, since my NEPHEW is due two days later! And obvs, baby comes first. I’ve only been dreaming about being an aunt to my brother’s kids I don’t know, my whole life! I need to decide soon though, before rates go up. I love the theme this year, so I’m tempted to sign up and hope for the best! But, I have a feeling I’m going to want to be back home every weekend come March to love on that sweet boy!
Do you have any tips to add to the question I asked on FB? Have you heard about the Little Rock Marathon?
Better yet, have you seen THIS…