I debated all day Friday....do I run this weekend or do I rest? Whether it was smart or not, I opted for running. After marking trails at Huntsville State Park all morning Friday I was a little pooped.
|Pretty, but very glad I was not running this race!|
I tried to run the first mile at pace and clocked in at 8:38 so it was a horrible miss. I knew right then and there if I wanted to run all 12 miles without stopping it would have to be on different terms. I decided to run all 6 miles under 9 minutes because on this day that would be a challenge. I did it, but barely! I also ran 1 extra mile under 9 minutes since I was not running my miles at pace. Probably a dumb decision, but my mind needed to do that.
My splits were 8:38, 8:59, 8:55, 8:56, 8:50, 8:49, and 8:43. I worked for that last mile and am very proud of my effort. Running while tired, sick, and into the wind will benefit me on race day. I am very confident of this!
I felt more tired after 12 miles than I did after 22 miles last Sunday. Wow, what a difference a week makes!
Today I was scheduled to run 6 miles and again I picked sleep instead of an early morning run. I ran this afternoon on the treadmill. I originally thought I would stop at 4. I felt ok at 4 and run one more mile. At 5 miles I was pretty tired and should have stopped, but running does something to a normally rational brain and one more mile seemed like a good idea. I ran 6 miles. I stopped twice to blow my nose...seriously needed. I stopped twice to help Elena. All four stops were very quick and I am sure did me some good!
I don't regret running this weekend. I am completely focused on my marathon and I don't think in any way at all that I will regret this weekend on March 2. I am doing everything possible except going to the doctor to get healthy. Despite running 18 miles, I feel better today than I did on Friday.
This weekend I gave myself a boot load of GRACE. I needed it. My ability to run at goal pace or to run without stopping has not changed. I can do those things and hopefully will be able to do that on Tuesday. But, I don't feel well and did the best of could with what I had this weekend. Grace....because this weekend does not define my training for March 2 nor what I am capable of running. Grace!
|This sign hangs in our Breakfast Room...after a sweaty 6 TM miles|
There was some productivity occurring. Emma finished her book report 10 days early...woo hoo! Emma also baked cookies with her Easy Bake Oven.
Jonah finished his Valentine's today.
|His wrist is still hurting|
With these sweet faces, life is good. I will be better by Tuesday when my last high mileage week begins! Bring on healthy!!