Marathon Training Week 13: A Fun Race and Conquering the Long Run
Posted Sep 19 2011 5:33pm
This was an awesome week. It’s hard to believe after my long run today that two weeks ago I was doubting my training and today I could not be more excited to run a marathon in 19 days (holy cow – that doesn’t mean I’m not nervous/anxious/peeing my pants a little). Here’s what I decided: it’s so super mental. Because I’ve been training for the past three months and having solid long runs, I was expecting my 16 mile run to feel fairly easy. Spoiler alert: running 16 miles is never going to be easy, at least for me. Once I adjusted my expectations (and realized that running long distances is work) I have really been able to enjoy my long runs and they don’t feel as difficult! Funny how that works.
1. Bari – I went with a group of girls from work and had NO idea what to expect, and it was the most fun workout I’ve had in awhile. Great mix of cardio and strength – lots of fun choreography, used resistance bands, and finished with some abs. It was a great community at the studio, Brice is a phenomenal teacher and I can’t wait to go back – hopefully this week!
2. The Fitness 4 mile race – this is one of my favorite races as I’ve now run it 3 years in a row (in fact I think it was my first race in NYC) and I’ve gotten faster every year! I had a great time Saturday – my goal was to not pay attention to my time and push the pace as much as I felt comfortable with, and I ended up setting a PR by over 2 minutes. So fun when that happens! Also fun running into blogger buddies Jillian and Ashley !
Sweet elbow sweat
3. Long run – my long run today was just awesome. I ran 3 miles to the bottom of the park to meet up with my friend Rae, we did two loops of the park together and then headed to the West Side Highway where we split up and I ran north by myself. Rae being the speedy lady she is kept me at a pretty decent pace but I tried to not pay attention to my watch and go by feel, and I never felt like I couldn’t keep up. When we split up I tried to keep the pace up myself and was really proud to see my average pace was 9:15! I can’t believe I maintained that pace for 20 miles. Super proud of myself.
Celebrated with an ice bath and a soy hot chocolate.
Also, realized when I got home I had salt caked on my face and definitely probably freaked out the Starbucks lady. Sorry lady.
Now I’m trying to motivate myself to use the rest of my day off to do necessary things (grocery shop, clean) but all I can do is lay on the couch with this guy and write.
Even though I loved my run today I’m pretty excited that my first week of tapering is here! Shorter, easier runs here I come. And hopefully a Bari class in there too.