We are getting so close, y’all. This weekend is my last long run (I’ll be running a half marathon as a marathon day simulation) and I only have a handful of workouts left. Taper starts at the end of next week – I can’t believe it’s almost here. This training cycle has felt long but short, if that makes any sense. It has gone by quickly, but the race still feels somewhat far away. I am feeling good, but I will be honest – while I know that logically, the fitness is there to hit my goals, there is a certain amount of disbelief. I know I need to get a handle on that because on race day I am sure that hitting my goal will come down to my brain’s ability to continue to believe I can do it. I’m getting there – each successful workout really hits home that I can do this. And also looking back at my spring half where I ran 13.1 miles at an 8:22 pace really helps me to feel more confident that I can run 26.2 at a 9 minute mile pace. I will do a goals post before I head across the ocean – I’m still writing that one in my head. Anyway, here’s how this past week shook out.
Monday: 5 easy miles
Tuesday: 3×2 mile repeats in the rain. This was a hard run – it felt hard all throughout and I remember thinking “why is this so hard?” I was glad when it was done!
Wednesday: Rest day is the best day!
Thursday: Oh man. I had to run after work because of an upset stomach in the morning and this run sucked. I ran ten miles at race pace and it felt SO HARD. I ended up with an 8:58 pace, which is great but oh boy it was rough.
Friday: I was heading to Ohio for the weekend so I did my long run Friday morning. Ten really lovely miles – with the most gorgeous sunrise. I mean, man oh man was it perfect!
Saturday: 5.5 miles in Ohio.
Sunday: Two very easy miles – I started coming down with a cold Saturday night and so between my travel and the cold Sunday, I kept it short and easy.
I’m going to hit 1,000 miles for the year this upcoming week. This will definitely be the earliest I hit the 1,000 mile milestone. Have you ever run 1,000 miles in a year?