wednesday afternoon i started feeling better, and felt better and better each day. i still am a little sniffly but nothing i can’t deal with. i am continuing to get a lot of rest and take care of myself.
we headed down south to my parents house for thanksgiving and i got LOTS of rest and got in some running too. i didn’t stick to my schedule exactly but still got a couple great runs in and the mileage i hoped to.
thursday – thanksgiving!
progression run made up by me
chris and i drove to avila beach on thanksgiving morning and i had a great run. my legs felt pretty good from the get go and i kept trying to slow them down, but a few miles into the run i realized i was getting faster every mile. by mile 6 i knew i was going to negative split every mile if i pushed it the last 2, so i did. first mile was 8:33 and last mile was 7:46, all progressively faster in the middle!
8.0 miles/1:06:16/8:17 avg pace
we had a great thanksgiving with lots of family and food!
4 - 7 distance
i met up with my friend jessica for a run and to work off some of the food consumed the day before. it was a chilly morning and we had a great time chatting and discussing CIM plans (she is running it too!). the miles ticked by and we had to force ourselves to turn around at 3.5.
7.0 miles/1:04:04/9:09 avg pace
7 – 10 with 2×20 min at marathon tempo, 8 min recovery
i ended up sleeping in late again and was anxious to hit the road to get back to the bay area, so i postponed my run until we got home. around 3:30 i went out without really any intentions, but knew i wanted to get this tempo run in from earlier in the week. once i got going i knew it was going to be a great run. my first mile was 8:26, so i started into the tempo miles at mile 2.
the pace felt effortless and was a little faster than the “marathon tempo” pace i had been practicing at but i just went with it. i kept having to reign in my legs even going up hill and everything was clicking at this pace.
1st set: 2.5 miles @ 7:59
2nd set: 2.5 miles @ 7:58
i felt so great after this run and was so glad i was able to get it in.
8.0 miles/1:05:12/8:09 avg pace
10 – 13 easy steady paced
last long run!
i decided to let myself sleep in a little bit again and was out the door around 8:30 and it was 35 degrees and sunny (loooove)! i ran from my house and headed to the connecting town where i ended up exploring a few new trails and having fun running around on the cold morning.
my legs were feeling great immediately again and i made sure i wasn’t pushing too hard. i eventually had to turn myself around because i knew i was going to be gone for too long, and even had to take a short cut home because of my detours. the last couple miles i really had to hold back because my legs wanted to gooooo but i am trying to save that for next weekend.
some scenery on my detours…
12.0 miles/1:43:38/8:38 avg pace
total for the week: 40.0 miles/5:44:04/8:36 avg pace
so now here we are, one week from race day. i walked around the neighborhood a bit after my long run listening to my music and thinking about the race coming up. i am really excited, i feel ready and i am getting nervous too! i can’t believe its already here and i have 15 weeks of training behind me (which will be recapped towards the end of the week).
this coming week i have a couple short runs, a couple runs with some short marathon pace work and lots of rest. i am sure all the standard race week craziness will be happening too, but i know i am ready.
one week to go!