Holy Moly – four weeks from now this is happening:
I cannot believe in less than a month I will be running the 39th Marine Corps Marathon, the People’s Marathon, my first. I am a bundle of emotions though I’m trying to temper them and remember I still have some running left to do in the training department. Just trying to keep the faith and take one step at a time.
Alright so here’s how Week 12 shaped up:
Monday: REST day – to recover from Sunday’s 17 miler
Wednesday: REST day. Um, yeah this was unintentional. Jake had to cancel our training session and I meant to go to Body Pump but my work day overcame any thoughts of that. I ended up just going home after a long day and ordered Thai takeout (no judging, sh*t happens!)
Thursday: 2.5 mile treadmill run + strength training. I made up for the missed Wednesday strength session, opted out of speed work and just ran. Then I focused on some upper body with TRX and free weights.
Saturday: Clarendon Day Double. This was a 5K followed by a 10K. I made the decision to do this race on Wednesday (yes, the unintended rest day – internal peer pressure) as a means to get in some of my planned 14 miles. It’s marketed as a fast downhill and is the lead in to a neighborhood day full of vendors, food and family fun. All that said, this b*tch was HARD! :)
I won’t write a full recap of this event but oh my goodness. My plan was to do the 5k nice and conservative (ie. slow) so that I could take on the 10k at a faster pace. The 14 training miles were to include 6 building up to race pace so perfect, right? I figured I’d do the remaining 5 miles later in the day. The 5k went as prescribed (well, after a late start – I was literally the last person to cross the start line after not really looking at the course map and knowing where I was supposed to go *cough cough*) .
The 10k course mirrored the 5k only we went a little further past the 5k turnaround and Arlington National Cemetery. I went out FAST, which was my intent. By mile 4 that long stretch about killed me. Why? Running + Sun/humidity = Mar’s Kryptonite. My splits told the tale: L1 9:10, L2 8:58 (say what?) L3 9:48 L4 9:48 L5 10:34 L6 10:55 wheels. coming. off. I was fried and exhausted by the end. My strategy failed and had I known it would heat up the way it did (where the eff is Fall DC?! 85 degrees?) I would have run both races at my typical long run speed.
BUT – I ran 9 miles and for that I was pleased. Not to mention meeting up with all these cool people:
Clarendon Day was the place to be this weekend
Sunday: 5 miles. I needed to round out my 14 miles and this Sunday morning run did it. I felt strong and for the first time in what seems like forever, I had negative splits (woohoo!) I have this habit of going out of the gate too fast (see Saturday) and running out of gas in the later miles. I ran these miles determined: Not a bad way to end the week. This week will be a more focused one. I’ve got 20 miles on tap for next weekend and really need to make more of an effort to eat clean. I meal prepped today for the first time in weeeeeeeeks and it’s all early to bed and get plenty of sleep.
How was your weekend? Any unseasonably fall weather where you are?