Okay, really about 15.20 running and .50 walking. That is what I ended up with yesterday. There is some good and some not as good news from that run.
- My goal was between 15 – 18 miles and I made it.
- 13 miles were completed with a pace between 9:00 – 9:30.
- I ran 5 mile loops for the first 10 miles and that seemed to work well for me to get some Gatorade Chews and water.
- I can walk this morning without a limp, so my Chiropractor must be helping.
The not as good:
- I really wanted to make 17 miles, but just couldn’t do it.
- The Marathon is 6 weeks away and I don’t feel that I am close to 20 miles yet.
- My hip hurt to the point that I feel it affected my run.
- I crashed the last 1.5 miles.
Here are my thoughts:
I feel that the 5 mile loop was a key to me doing well. I decided to run the last 7 miles at one time and just as I hit 15 miles I couldn’t do more. I wonder if I had kept to the 5 mile loop if I would have been able to make it.
I am a little panicked about the marathon being so close and my mileage not being where I need it. I know that when the race comes, I will be able to do more than I can just running in my neighborhood. Also, my neighborhood is very hilly and the marathon isn’t. Finally, it is hot and humid here, so that will be better up North in September.
Ultimately, sometimes you have to do what you don’t think you can do in order to get what you really want. I am not worried about qualifying for Boston in this marathon. Right now, I want to finish the race. Who knows, it might be the perfect storm and I’ll fly through and do great. Time will tell.
So it was a good run. It was a PR in distance. It was fairly easy until the last two miles.
I can’t complain. It was a good run! It was the most important run so far in my training.
I am thankful.