Since my last post, things have mostly gone well and I’ve had 2 light bulbs go on (well, they’ve been on, I was just stubbornly ignoring them).
Last Saturday was a HOT but solid 14 miles, averaging 8:09 pace. For the 1st time ever, I ran with my belt style water bottle carrier. I definitely did not love wearing it, but it saved the day for me. Sarah had an 8am soccer game, so running before the game was out of the question. SO, I left from the soccer fields to run home. Thus, I couldn’t hit up my normal water stops. And with the heat of mid morning, I drank a LOT of water on my run.
Tuesday was my low point of the week. The 2 light bulbs I decided to acknowledge are that …
1) I have got to get 8 hours of sleep most nights which means I need to be in bed by 9pm on nights I run
2) I need to stretch and use my trigger point roller most days to help flush out the soreness
Tuesday was actually a rough run … I was supposed to run 8 miles of hills, but just felt sluggish, tried and flat so cut it short at 5.6 miles.
After rest on Wednesday, Thursday’s run was good – 3 miles easy + 4 miles at MP (averaged 7:25).
This morning I ran 16.2 miles. It feels good knowing I ran only 10 miles shy of a marathon. Definitely makes it feel like things are possible!! I hadn’t run this far since Spring 2008. I also feel like my mental toughness is coming back … 16 miles on your own … it is mental! I started very conservative and finished very strong – averaging 8:10 pace.