Yep, I did that on Saturday. I ran a double which I have never ever done before. Guess what? It wasn't too bad and I could see myself doing it again at some point in the future. Guess what else? I won't be doing it anytime soon though!
I ran 8 miles Saturday morning per my plan. I took it pretty easy and finished in 1:14. Because I overslept and Drew had to leave at 7am for a choir retreat I only had time to run 4.35 miles outside. I came home and quickly hopped on the treadmill. My mile times outside were 9:19, 9:07, 9:13, 9:14, and 9:05 pace for last .35 mile. I changed my treadmill pace to be between 9:13 and 8:41 strictly for variety. Basically it was a pretty evenly paced run for a 9:13 average.
I decided around 9:30 that I was going to run a double. I am really sick of running in the dark. I am really ready for the time change! So, I focused all day on hydrating well and eating the right foods. I also took about a 15 minute nap. I had hoped for longer, but my kiddos felt the need to continue waking me....annoying, but I was the only parent at home!
At 5pm I left for my 10 mile run. I figured I would run 10 minute miles and just take it easy. It was not hot or humid. It was pretty windy at times. I was able to listen to music. I was just planning on enjoying the run....no pressure! I was totally shocked when my watched beeped at mile 1 in 9:10. Wow, it did not hurt and I just continued to focus on staying comfortable. My mile splits were 9:10, 9:11, 9:17, 9:08, 9:09, 9:24, 9:20, 9:08, 9:08, 9:08, and 8:22 pace for last .6 mile. My two slowest miles were directly into the wind for most of those miles. It felt a little brutal at times.
I ran 10.6 miles faster than I ran 8 miles just that morning. My average pace was 9:09. I was totally shocked. I was tired at the end, but decided it was then the time to push instead of backing off the pace. I won't feel fresh at the end of the marathon. I worked hard to get close to marathon pace (hopeful pace) and I did. I was pretty happy when I got home!
I have not run at all for two days. I am back at it tomorrow. I feel ready! I have a big week of running. It is perhaps my biggest week of running ever and I am nervous and excited. Tuesday is 4 miles, Wednesday is 6 miles, Thursday I will run 10x800's, a 9 miler on Saturday, and 20 miles on Sunday. Yikes!
There is a lot riding on my sprints on Thursday. I am half way to my second marathon. That means I only have 8 more weeks of serious running to be goal ready. It is now time to go big or go home and I really mean it! I am all in for this!
My coach told me that I am "strong and capable" but "have to be smart". Now is the time!