August ended with a bang! Unfortunately, the bang was me hitting the pavement on my last run of the month. I don’t remember tripping on anything in particular, but one second I was up and the next I was sliding across the sidewalk. I slid long enough to remember actually thinking to myself “wow, I’m still sliding.” Somehow my legs came away pretty much unscathed minus a minor bruise and some road rash, but my left hand and chin were not so fortunate. I don’t know if my chin hit the ground first, or is what ended up stopping my slide, but I had a major bump and cut and a very sore jaw for the rest of the day. Where I fell was in front of a mechanic and there was a very nice woman in there who brought me bandages as I cleaned up in their bathroom. After cleaning up a bit, I walked the half mile back to where my car was, crying along the way. Even though I didn’t have any serious injuries, it hurt and I felt bummed out and emotional. Over a week later now and my chin is only slightly tender to the touch and there’s just a slight redness to where I hit it and my hand is on it’s way to healing.
Other than falling, it was a mostly good running week and a solid month of training. My monthly and weekly mileage have hit their highest amounts ever for me and I had a great tempo run – once I got over my intense fear of falling again – buuuut, (this is the slightly whiny part) my long runs still feel absurdly hard. Could it be overtraining? Could it be not enough iron in my diet? Could it be the result of the aforementioned high mileage? I just don’t know. My long runs during my spring training were usually my strongest run of the week. They almost always ended up being faster than they felt, often with negative splits. I guess I expected that my long runs would continue to be like that, just longer as I gained endurance. This my first time running 5 days a week, so I may go back to 4 days a week and taking an extra rest day. I haven’t fully decided yet.
Week 10 Recap: August 29 – September 4
Monday: Plan: 8M Easy – Actual: 7M @9:06 – Felt really good and comfortable during this run.
Tuesday: Plan: 3x (2×1200 @6:45-7:13 pace) (2 min RI, 4 min RI in b/t sets) – Actual: 1.25M w/u @8:57, 3x(2×1200) @ (7:07, 7:07), (7:00, 7:01), (7:14, 6:57), .75 c/d @8:40 – I had a terrible night of sleep the night before and had set my alarm to be able to run this outside before it got too hot. When my alarm went off I debated going back to sleep and doing the run on the treadmill. That sounded worse so I forced myself out of bed. Maybe being so tired was part of the reason I ended up falling. My legs still felt tired by the end of the warm up and the first set of 1200s felt impossible. During the 2nd rep I was thinking of quitting and heading back, then thought I would finish the 2nd set and then head back. But after my 4 minutes of rest I felt like I could at least do one more set and this one felt soooo much better than the first. It also helped that I had downloaded the workout to my Garmin which made it harder to quit mid-workout. During the 1st rep of my 3rd set I realized my mind had wandered off and I was only running a 7:45 pace. I worked hard to bring it back into my pace range, but ended up with my slowest rep of the workout at 7:14 pace. I was able to get back into range with my last rep and finish strong. I started cruising back to my car, happy with how it went, feeling more confident about my upcoming marathon, when BOOM – I fell. Womp womp.
Thursday: Plan: 10 min w/u, 10M @8:07, 10 min c/d – Actual: 5M @9:32 – I was still gun-shy about running outside or running with any kind of speed so I opted for 5 recovery miles on the treadmill.
Friday: Plan – 5M Recovery – Actual: 1M w/u @9:00, 8M @8:01 (8:04, 8:07, 7:59, 8:10, 8:04, 7:50, 8:04, 8:01) 1M c/d 8:29 – My plan called for 12 miles total with 10 @ tempo pace. I decided to do 10 miles total with 8 at tempo pace seemed to come out of nowhere in my training plan. I looked to see if I had missed a week that had built up to this and I hadn’t. The longest midweek run up to this point was an 8 mile run with 6 at tempo three weeks ago. Going in to this run I was really nervous about running outside. I can’t say that I ever got over my nerves and spent most of the run on guard against any dips or unevenness in the sidewalk. BUT, I felt really good on my tempo miles! After this run I was feeling really good going into my long run for the weekend.
Sunday: Plan: 15M @8:32 – Actual: 16M @8:58 – My mom was in town visiting so my husband and I had a little date run planned. We decided to drive to the Boston Marathon course and run it through the Newton Hills. Looking at the actual pace it doesn’t look bad, but I felt like crap the entire run. For some reason I’m having trouble with my GUs and nutrition this summer. Even though I’ve never had a problem taking them, I’m finding them tough to get down this summer and feeling a bit queasy after. That wasn’t my total problem on this run though, since I was sighing at how tired I felt even before I even needed my first GU. My husband was a trooper though and kept my mind off of things by talking and telling me stories. I’d offer a grunt of agreement, disagreement, or just general go ahead and keep talking from time to time. At mile 9 I had a bad side stitch and wanted to walk. My pride kept me from asking my husband to walk and so I kept running. A GU probably would have helped if I could have stomached getting one down. There was one last huge hill just after mile 13 and once we got to the top of that I felt much better and knew the end was in sight. Another hard, long run in the books. The great, effort-less, feel like you’re flying long run has eluded me this training cycle. Good mental preparation at least? Splits: 1) 9:22 2) 9:05 3) 9:04 4) 9:18 5) 9:05 6) 8:41 7) 8:48 8) 8:47 9) 8:42 10) 8:49 11) 8:49 12) 8:54 13) 9:19 14) 9:22 15) 8:45 16) 8:34
Weekly Total: 44.5 miles