Work has been my main activity this past week in both my job and training. I have a big work deadline looming over my head and have been putting in lots of hours toward this project. Fingers crossed that it will work our for me, k?
Training has been work, too. I was completely trashed after my Monday 5X1000m (5:40 6:03 pace) and Wednesday's 9 miler with 5 @ 6:38. Every single bone, muscle and tendon hurt in my lower legs; you could have diagnosed me with R ITB, R plantar fasciitis, L foot tendon issue and nonspecific groin/pubic pain on the R side. Thursday's 10 miler with 8 moderate by feel and 2 @ MP-15secs was hard but after 5 miles my legs loosened up. Friday I was brand new and happy about it.
Today I met Katie for 22 miles on the course. Since mom is visiting and she stayed with Petru, Chris conveniently scheduled himself to play tennis with a friend close to the marathon course. He dropped me off, met his friend, and then picked me up.
The run was hard. My Garmin showed 7:44 at mile 4.4, and then proceeded to die. When I noticed I turned in on and the pace for the rest of the run (without the 4.4) was 7:47 on my Garmin. Katie's said 7:48 for the entire run, last mile 7:07. I had serious nausea after I took a Blueberry Roctane GU at mile 10, and it stayed with me for the rest of the run. I had some mental demons here, but Katie talked the entire time and that helped. Legs felt horrible around mile 13, but then I got a second wind after a short stop for water. Still, Katie totally pulled me through and did not go ahead even though she could have ran faster. The only miles over 8 that we ran were those immediately after I took that Roctane GU; everything else was high or mid 7s.
Super happy with the run. I will finish this week with 65 miles, which is pretty good. I think I will do my long runs on vanilla and pineapple GUs, like I have done so far for marathons, and hope I will be OK. A huge thank you to Katie for being such a rockstar! She always gets sick before her marathons - she BQed sick; I think she could easily run sub 3:20 if healthy! So excited for her!!!
Off for some mini golfing with the family!
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