Oh my gosh! There are only five weeks left of training and that means the marathon is getting CLOSE! I might be starting to have some anxiety about it....
This past week was pretty good. I ran 44 miles which was my max limit for the week.
It was a hard week in that I had two 10 mile runs during the week. That meant I was up at 4:30am twice and 5am for my five mile run.
Because we spent the weekend in LA at a gymnastics meet, I ran my long run on Friday (my third 4:30am wake up in four days). My long run was only 12 miles. This may sounds nuts, but I really feel like 12 miles passes so quickly. I had a great run on tired legs (1:49)!
Because I missed a scheduled 5K race (remember we were in LA all weekend), I had a time trial on Sunday. Well, lucky me, I got sick in LA and felt like junk. I had to run because I did. I really should not have run, but I never claimed to be a smart runner. I did a 0.5 mile warm up and cool down. The middle two miles were to be run as fast as I possibly could. The goal was to feel like another step would kill me. I ran a 7:03 and 6:59. I am pretty sure I could have been a little faster if I had been feeling well. Regardless, I could not run that fast for much longer. Now, my pace ranges have changed. I feel good about them, but a little nervous at the same time. My first test will be on Thursday when I am scheduled to run 3x1 mile repeats at 7:20 pace. I definitely have to feel better for that to happen!
This week is the Simulator week! I have been looking forward to this for 11 weeks. I am scheduled to run 16.3 miles at 8:29 pace...yikes! So far the weather looks good for running!
Oh, and as of tomorrow 1/31/12 I will have officially run 200 miles in one month! WOW!!! Exactly one year ago I was excited to have run 100 miles in one month. What a difference a year filled with dedication, determination, support, and hard work can do!!
3/3/12 is almost here!