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.
Just keep persevering.
Will do. Thanks.
Wooo! 15 miles is awesome. 20 is important but that link on my post a couple days ago says we put too much stress on it. To each his own!
Yeah. Psychologically it is a big deal to me, but that is a good point. Thanks. I’ll be glad when September 8th passes. 🙂
What marathon is it? I’m doing Des Moines in October. Fast and flat!
Mine is fast and flat also. Lehigh Valley Marathon in Allentown PA. It had a 240′ net drop. I need all the drop I can get. 🙂
You accomplished a lot with that run, and you have the right attitude. Hoping for great healing in that hip!
Thank you! I am realizing more and more that attitude is everything – especially in running!!!
Yay! Well done! I hope the hip heals up quick and I have no doubt you will run amazing at the marathon! 🙂
You are so encouraging!! Thanks! My hip is better. I haven’t been a big proponent of chiropractors, but mine really seams to help. I had a great run today after a long week of runs last week. There must be something he has done to help.
Of course and you are too! I am so glad its better, I too wasn’t that impressed with chiropractors either, but I have a new respect with this last injury! I think we have to find a variety of ways to treat ourselves depending on the injury and stick with what works best for that particular injury.
I am happy to hear running is going well, keep it up, you’ve got this!