Weekly Training - October 5-11: 16.4 Mile Run Saturday, A New Distance Milestone!
Posted Oct 11 2009 12:00am
Sunday - Nice Recovery Run, 3.5 miles, 40:14, at 11.50 pace, right in the middle of my recovery range per the McMillan Running Calculator . I was a little tentative because of pain in the left knee that was more than I'm used to. My knees don't usually hurt, but I've been getting a little knee pain following my weekly Long Run since I've been stretching the distance. However, it usually goes away in a day or two, so I haven't been overly concerned. Today, it got a little better after a couple of miles, and was much less by evening.
Saturday - A new distance milestone: 16.4 miles! Less than 10 miles from the goal! I guess that's an extra benefit to training for a first marathon: as training progresses, there are constant rewards from reaching a series of intermediate goals. Saturday was a great day for a long run, 59° at 7 AM. I took the same route through the park; just added one more 2.2 mile lap. My goals were modest: to complete the distance, and to try to sustain a 11:00 pace or better. On previous new distances, my first attempt has been SLOW. The pace turned out OK, had a few ebbs and flows, but kept finding second and third winds. I didn't really struggle much until about the last half-mile, and finished up at 2:57:07, a 10.80 pace. I'll take it. The next one will be better.
Monday through Friday: Nature played a cruel trick; after a few days of mostly cooler morning temps following the official onset of Fall, night-time lows and humidity crept back up to July-August levels this week. It has no businees being 81° at 5:30 AM in October! Started out oppressive Monday; trending up to miserable by Thursday. My pace suffered. But enough whining. A cool front is coming Friday!