Hello all! Week 2 of Philly Marathon training is now OVER hence the title of this post which will never win an award for most inspiring and creative title. It went well and I didn’t need to switch up days to accommodate my schedule. Here’s a brief overview of how my running went down during week 2:
Mon: XT (cycling for 40 min)
Tues: Ran 3.44 mi
Wed: Ran 5.02 mi
Thurs: Ran 3.33 mi
Fri: (praise Jesus)
Sat: Ran 5.38 mi
Sun: LSD day – 9.06 mi
As I mentioned last week, I like to run a little past my prescribed mileage for the day. This is just more mentally pleasurable for me and really has nothing to do with fitness. I don’t like seeing 4.99 mi on my Garmin knowing that I have to run 5 on Wednesdays, for example. So, I run over and all is good with the world.
What’s the deal with pacing?
My average pace across my 5 runs was about 9.01 min/mile. I don’t want to appear disappointed (I couldn’t be any happier, really!) but I know this is something I need to work on. I want to run smart and not stupid and I know that running at that pace in Philly is not in my plan. However, maybe I really have become faster and stronger over the past few months and maybe, just maybe, this is my “new” pace. I don’t know. While it’s fairly consistent from week to week my goal is to be more in the 9:15-9:30 range. But, we’ll see how I feel as the weeks progress.
How about that long, slow distance?
As for my long run last week, it was somewhat hideous. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I had to stop a few times. It was getting hot and once I stop, sometimes my mind cannot recover. This is another thing that needs some work. I have to realize that not every run is fabulous and sometimes a run is just a run. I trudged through even though I felt like I was down for the count at mile 6.
How am I feeling?
A little sore for the past 2 days. It’s either from Sunday’s 9 miler or the fact that I ate so much at Hattie’s in Saratoga that night that I had to walk around for a good hour to burn 1% of my dinner off. The soreness is only in my hips and I thought cycling yesterday would take care of it. I’m pretty sure it’s time to break out ‘ol foamy. I did a little stretching this morning but not nearly enough.
Things to look forward to this week:
- It’s a stepdown week
- After tonight’s run, I will have clocked over 100 miles for July which is the first triple digit month since January…and EVER (at least since I’ve been tracking it).
- More Olympics (marathon is this Sunday!)
- Meeting with a landscaper to finalize some drainage plans for my backyard and to work on making it pretty. I’m hoping it won’t cost nearly as much as I think it will.
Anything new and exciting to share? Do you ever stop to walk on your runs? How do you conquer a mental barrier?