For some reason I had the hardest time writing this post. I don’t know if it was because I didn’t feel like I had a lot to report due to the reduced miles, or if my reluctance to write this post reflects the fact that by writing it, I’m actually acknowledging the fact that I’m officially in my last week of training and will be running a marathon in 6 days. Either way, this post was hard to write (hopefully not hard for you to read).
Like I said a minute ago, I had reduced miles this week. Only 24 miles to be exact. A year ago I would have died laughing at the idea of me complaining about only running 24 miles but now that I’ve been running in between 30-40 miles for the past few months that number seems foreign. So how did it break down? Well, Monday was a short 3 mile run with strides. This was the day after I ran the Gulf Coast 1/2 Marathon in Mandeville, LA, and it was nice to shake the legs out. The professional race pics from the 1/2 are finally up so I thought I’d share one with you. Proof that I did actually run the 1/2 and not just douse myself with water and steal a medal. 😛
Wednesday was another short 4 mile marathon pacing session. Boring.
By Thursday I was beyond ready to move and I knew I’d get the chance during the 7 miles of speed work that was on the calendar. However, I spent the first 4 miles feeling sick to my stomach and wishing I could hurl. It was bizarre but I pushed through it (after stopping several times) and got the speed work done at a faster pace then was on the plan. I think I just wanted to be done. I was worried I was getting sick but I’ve felt fine ever since. I guess it was just one of those freak runs.
And then finally it was time for my final “long” run. It was 10 easy miles . I got up at 4am to meet a couple of my running girls. It was a chilly morning (temp was 53* – don’t judge, I live in MS) but it was absolutely gorgeous. The stars were out for the first hour and then I got to see a gorgeous sunrise. It was strange stopping after 10 miles. My body was confused and then I had all this pent up energy the rest of the day. Grrrrr….
So now I get to play the waiting game. I have 3 easy runs totaling 10 miles before next Sunday. I guess my legs will be good and rested but I question if they’ll remember how to run or not. Either way, functioning legs or not, I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon in memory of my brother.
Question: What is your favorite time of day to workout? Do you ever get to see amazing sunrises or sunsets?