Wednesday, August 12, 2009
10 Miler, Sunrise, and Horses
Seeing too many of these sunrises lately, but I am really enjoying the training (I know, I am a weirdo, can't help it, I love to train for marathons). Enjoying it, after I get going that is. The first 2 miles today, I kept thinking about how your easy weeks, really are never easy. Similar to how it really doesn't matter if you run 6 miles or 20 miles, the last 2 miles are tough. Why is that?
The plan for today was to run the first 2 easy (9:30 pace) and then run the other 8 miles at marathon race pace (under 9:00 min). During those first 2 miles, I wondered what was going to happen on my pace run, on the hills, wasn't sure if it would happen. To my surprise, I ended up having a GREAT run. Actually had to keep slowing myself down. I even ran my last 2 miles a little faster, normally the last 2 miles I fade and slow down to a crawl. I have been working on that this summer, trying not to die the last 2 miles.
The recap - 9:39, 9:23, 8:48, 8:46, 8:54, 8:52, 8:54, 8:47, 8:41, 8:22
1 pic stop for the sunrise and horsies, 3 water stops. Took one Gu gel at 6 miles. Because I ran a pace run today, I decided to do an ice bath to speed recovery. It felt sooooo good. It also helped with cooling off, and feeling better for the 10:00 am yoga class @ The Yoga Room. Legs felt good for class.
Looking forward to Jen coming out Thurs. am for a bike ride. I am sure I have mentioned, I am not much of a biker, but I do ride some for recovery on my hybrid bike. She is coming with her road bike. This is our first ride together. I hope either I can keep up, or I will not bore her to tears with my lack of speed on the bike. Ha Ha