They say that the way you feel in your run isn’t the total miles of that run, but the sum of the past three days of running. This is because of the time it takes to recover from a run. Well if that is true, then I know what happened yesterday to the end of my run.
The sum of my last three runs (including yesterday’s run) was 27 miles.
It was my long run day and I was feeling pretty good as I began. I needed 13 miles for the day, which put me at 50 (PB) for the week! Here is a quick summary or my run:
Miles 1-4: Felt pretty good, surprisingly good in fact.
Miles 5-9: Getting tired and hot, especially toward the later miles. Ran past the house to get some Gatorade.
Miles 10 – 13: I hit the wall and never recovered. I slowed down to about an 11:00 pace – seemed like I was barely running. My legs were shot and I did everything I could just to finish.
My Lovely Wife eventually sent TJ to search for me since I was taking so long to get home. It was nice to see a friendly face driving up beside me as I had 1/2 mile to go.
My philosophy, as I have stated before, is to not worry about speed this summer. I am training for a September marathon and the speed will come, but my body has to get used to the miles. So as I run I do what I can, but if I have to run slow to get my miles in, that is what I will do.
We are at 13 weeks before the Lehigh Valley Marathon in Altoona Pennsylvania. This week the temps get up near 100 and I have another 50 mile week to put in. Next week I will taper down about 25% so that will be really nice to get a break.
I just have to keep my eye on the prize. In some ways (forgive me ladies) I feel like I am 6 months pregnant. I am doing all I can do each day to get by, but I know that it will all be over in 3 months, then I can relax. Okay, not a good analogy, but it is the best I can think of at the moment.
Off day today. 🙂 Yay!