I just completed week number 7 of my marathon training... in 11 "short" weeks I will be running a marathon - WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?!? There are times when incredible self doubt creeps in and this weekend was one of those times. My long run was not an easy one and it left me wondering how I could possibly double that distance in 11 weeks!
Tuesday: 6.01 miles with the BOB plus 1 with Natalie
Wednesday: 3 miles with the BOB plus 1.72 with Natalie
Thursday: 3 miles (hills)
Saturday: 12 miles
Total for the week: 26.73 - a new personal record for weekly distance!
A couple notes about my training this week:
1. Tuesday was my longest run to date with the BOB and I would be lying if I said it wasn't really hard.
2. I ran negative splits with the BOB: 8:48, 8:30, and 8:00. That third mile split marks what I believe is my fastest mile to date with the BOB.
3. Hill workout details: 5 min @ 1%, 1 min each @ 4, 5, and 6%, 2 min @ 1%, 1 min each @ 6, 7, and 8%, 2 min @ 1%, 1 min each @ 6, 7, and 8%, 2 min @ 1%, 1 min each @ 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8%, 5 min @ 1%
4. My long run was a disaster, not that my pace shows it - 1:49:38 or an average pace of 9:08. However, I stopped my watch several times due to problems. Once at the end of mile 6 due to a bathroom break, at the end of mile 9 due to needing to fuel (was woozy and seeing double), and then again once more for sharp pain in my shoulder around mile 10.5. Its frustrating that it was such a struggle but I have to remember that every run that I complete is a success. The hard runs really do make me a stronger runner.
Tell me, how is your training going? What are you training for?