On Wednesday I had my first MP run, 8 miles with 6 at MP. It went OK. I expected it to be much easier than it was. I blame my 7am research meeting and "Entourage" (watched up to the wee hours the night before) for the sluggish feeling I experienced through it. (1 mile@ 8:30, 6 miles @ 7:54, 1 mile@ 9:00).
I was supposed to do my long run on Friday, but an uneasy stomach and the back pain from the tough bike ride I took on Thursday convinced me that I better take the day off. And I did. We went to the Cape to visit some friends for the weekend, and I managed a 30 min ocean swim. Wow, I was floating. I forgot how much easier ocean swims are.
Saturday I was up early for my 15 miler. I decided to go from Truro to Provincetown, which ended up being 7.5 miles, and turn around. The run was very hilly and I was surprised at to how easy it felt. My legs were a bit tired at the end, but nothing too bad. I struggled to keep the pace slow at the begining, and pushed the pace a bit toward the end of the run, because it felt good. Average pace was 8:35, with last 2 miles @ 8:00. The plan was to average 8:45, but at mile 8 I decided to pick it up a bit. I was very happy with this run. Plus, I managed to listen to 2 awesome podcasts, and switch to music only toward the end of the run, which definitely helped keep the pace slower, and then faster.
Sunday I woke up with fresh legs. No soreness. I decided to do a recovery run, in order to get my weekly mileage up to 35. The goal was to stay between 9:45 and 10:00 average pace, and I did (4 miles @ 9:45). Legs felt OK, music was blasting, the ocean looked beautiful. However, I did not feel the typical bliss I experience after running harder. I much rather bike or swim hard than run slow, but I know that more mileage is going to help my legs feel stronger during the marathon.
Week 2 is done! Looks like, again, tempos/MP runs are my weakness! Or it may be a mental glitch that I need to figure out (e.g., expectation that these runs are supposed to be easier). Will see.
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