It was a productive weekend running wise.
I got to run 7 miles on Friday, 7 miles on Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday.
Friday’s run was fun. I ran a mile warmup, 5 miles close to marathon pace and a mile cool down. I was really pleased, as that was the first time I ran 7 miles since my achilles injury.
Saturday was spent running with TJ and RS. The three of us got up early and ran the 5K route we will run this weekend for the CityFest 5K. Part of the run is on a busy road with little shoulder room, so it is rather difficult to run. All three of us ran the route at about an 8:40 pace. Then TJ and I decided to run it again at my 5K pace to see the best way to deal with the hills.
We rested up and then started our run. It really isn’t too bad of a course until you start the second leg of the busy road. That is a pretty big uphill, then a run through a neighborhood with a couple big hills. I did well until the last hill. Suddenly my app stopped my run, which was annoying. Then seconds later my shoe lace came untied. TJ said, “I guess you wont forget to double tie your shoes on race day”. True. Then the downhill started. The entire last mile is either downhill or level. I did well until the end that I thought stopped at the stadium. As we reached that point, we still had about half a mile to go. I know on race day that we run into the stadium and around the track, but I was psyched to stop at the stadium. So I did well until the last 10th of a mile and at that point, I lost it. All in all, we ran just about 45 seconds slower than last week’s 5K which isn’t bad. I’m looking forward to the race.
Sunday was my long run and considering I ran so much Friday and Saturday, I decided to run 10 miles with a 60 second walk in between each mile. I don’t know if that helped or not, but it wasn’t easy. I ran okay, but I could feel the effect of the miles on my body by the time it was over.
On to this week… We have 3.5 months until our marathon in Pennsylvania. It is slowly creeping up on us. TJ and I were talking training last night and I think I am beginning to develop a training plan. More on that another day.
All in all I’d say it was a great running weekend.