Things have been super busy so I missed some blog posts since last week. So here is a quick update on the last few days.
Friday – Rest day
Scheduled rest day so I took full advantage. I did some running around preparing for a soccer camp at our church the next morning. Then we got some rain that ruined everything.
Flex day Rest Day
The rain from Friday night ruined all my plans. We had a soccer camp that morning and I planned to get my 3 miles in while running around with all the kids. It was supposed to be a nice and easy flex day. After the rain out, I pretty much turned the flex day into an extra rest day, whoops lol.
Sunday – Long Run
I had 8-10 miles on the schedule. I woke up at 4am, threw my stuff on, did some stretching, and away I went. I tried to keep it slow in the first mile while my legs got warmed up before I started to pick up the pace. I felt pretty good through the first few miles but slowly lost all the pep in my legs again. Two long runs in a row!!! I made it to mile 5 and hit a gel shot as I turned around and headed back home. Most of the way back home I alternated running and walking because I was feeling some pretty good tightness in my hamstrings, calves, and IT Band. I didn’t want to push the envelope in week 3 of marathon training; we still have a LONG way to go. Funny thing, the gel shot must have kicked in around mile 8 because I had a really strong section from mile 8.5 to mile 9.5 where I was clicking off pretty smoothly. This has me questioning my fuel before my long runs; I may need more food before I start. Then I closed out the last half mile by walking it home for my cool down. The run ended up being 10 miles at about 11:20 min/mile pace. I was grinding the whole way and the shower when I got home was the best feeling in the world lol.
Monday – Rest Day
Scheduled rest day. After the long run, I was pleasantly welcoming a rest day.
Tuesday – Hills
I woke up early this morning and hit the mountain. When my alarm went off, I spent about 5 minutes debating whether I should sleep another couple hours and run tonight or get up and tackle the mountain. Obviously I decided to get up and give it a go. I thought I was going to throw down a solid run up the mountain but the mountain had other plans. Again, grinding up the mountain!! This was expected though, I knew this was going to be a combination of running and power hiking so no regrets here. As I slugged my way up the mountain I hated the decision to get up this morning but once I got to the top it worth the grind, the early morning was beautiful.
So we are plugging away at marathon training. Over the past couple weeks I have had some tightness in my IT Band that was concerning me but it seems to have been general soreness and tightness. As my legs get in shape I feel my legs recovering faster and less tightness in my IT Band. As far as my mental training goes, I’ve really been trying to stay positive through all these horrible runs lately. CORDIS mentioned something last Tuesday that has really stuck with me…. “Love the misery and grit your teeth – that’s what get’s you through on race day”. I NEED THESE RUNS!!...Such a wise man lol….but in all honesty he is 100% correct. When I am 20 miles into the marathon and I have that 10K left to finish, it will be these grinding runs that will keep me going and get me to the finish line in Vegas.
Do you find any positives in those runs where you’re just grinding the whole way through?
What fuel do you use before you knock out your long runs??