Tues: Took it slow and easy, as a recovery run from the 18 miler last week. Also, my foot was still hurting and I didn’t want to make it worse.
Stats: 3.3 miles @ 10:49/mile
Wed: First spin class in 4 weeks and it was a good one. To my delight, my favorite instructor K was subbing for the listed teacher. Previously, K has played Motown, rap, and movie themes. On Wednesday, he started with 3 Billy Idol songs, some AC/DC, and ended with Rihanna and Gangnam Style. It was fun! And sweaty. I should add that K looks like an ex-football player and is always smiling from ear to ear. It’s hard not to like the guy. I followed the class with 20 minutes of weights.
Stats: 70 min cross-training
Thurs: Was supposed to run 6, but ended up cutting it short due to return of foot pain at mile 2.
Stats: 3.8 miles @ 9:51/mile
Fri: Again, I was supposed to run 6, but could not bring myself to do 2 laps around the Lake, so I ended up doing 2 loops at Bellevue. It was a good compromise, since it got me close to 6 miles. I tried to run at a medium effort, but it didn’t really translate into a faster pace, which was frustrating.
Stats: 5.4 miles @ 10:04/mile
Sat: I was originally going to run 12-13 miles at Redwood Regional, but with my foot bugging me, I decided to go for even footing and run 12 on the Lafayette Moraga Trail. Some of you might recall that I ran 14 miles here, and had a good time of it (for the most part). And after running 18 miles last week, I thought 12 miles would be a cake walk. WRONG.
My first mistake was underestimating/not respecting the distance. 12 miles might be easier than the other runs I’ve been doing lately, but it’s still 12 miles. My second mistake was forgetting my handheld bottle, my Clif Bloks, and my headphones at home. My third mistake was not having my mind right — I was not “in the zone” mentally to go out and get this run done. I was not feeling it at the beginning and I never got into the groove the whole time. Finally, my fourth mistake was starting at the Moraga side of things. It was much harder to establish a good rhythm with 2 major traffic lights and the bathroom break at mile 2.
Anyway, I’ll save you from the gory details, except to say that it was a very bad run — probably the worst long run of this training cycle. In spite of everything, I kept it together for 9 miles, averaging about 10:15 pace, but started falling apart after that. Mile 10 was full of walk breaks, where I couldn’t catch my breath, no matter how slowly I ran/walked. It took me 12:58 to finish that mile — ghastly! There was a hill, but a very slight one. Definitely not enough to warrant an almost 13-minute mile. Ugh.
At mile 11, I caught up to the Gypsy Runner, who didn’t have a great run either (maybe there was something in the air??). I made another bathroom stop, at which point my frustration hit a boiling point. This was the closest I’ve come to crying during marathon training, but I fought back the tears. This stupid 12 mile run was NOT going to get the best of me.
Despite forgetting just about everything that morning, I did pack a cooler with a Nalgene of cold Gatorade, which was just about the best thing EVER. I tried not to think about how I have to run 22 miles next week when I could barely finish 12 this week.
Stats: 12 miles @ 10:40/mile (492 feet elevation gain)
Sun: Was supposed to go swimming, but having had a horrible nights’ sleep (for no real reason), then attending the Gypsy Runner’s nephew’s birthday party, I was just too wiped out. Also, I was thinking that the extra rest day can only be good for my foot, which has improved, but is still being a nuisance.
WEEKLY TOTAL: Target 27 miles/ Actual 24.5 miles + 70 min cross training
How I feel about it: Not a great week. Run quality was poor and I missed my mileage goals for the 2nd week in a row. But considering my foot issues, I guess it could’ve been a lot worse. C.