Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!! We seemed to have escaped Nemo’s wrath for the most part – we got about a foot of snow Friday night but thankfully didn’t lose power or have any damage from the high winds. I have to admit – we were pretty darn excited to get a real snowfall. This is the first substantial snow that my 2-yr old has seen! Needless to say, we were happy campers when we woke up Saturday morning and saw this:
Once my youngest went down for his morning nap, my oldest and I got dressed and joined my husband (who was shoveling) for some snow fun:
I got up at 4am on Friday to get my 20 miles in on the treadmill. Well, my alarm was set for 4, but I got up at 330 to nurse my son and didn’t see a point in laying down for <10 min. My husband had to leave for work by 730, so I knew that I had to be off the treadmill just after 7 in order to have time to shower.
Within a few miles of running, I was bored OUT OF MY MIND. Last week’s 18 miler was different – the time seemed to fly. But, this week I felt like I couldn’t zone out. I broke my own rule about long runs – I started thinking about how much further I had to run. And it really started to pysch me out. I decided to start playing around with my pace to keep my mind off of the remaining miles. I loved last week’s steady state run and so I started doing a MGP (Marathon Goal Pace) mile every few miles. The miles started to tick by and I got back into the zone. It gave me something to push for and made the rest miles a welcome break.
This worked really well until about mile 14-15 when the boredom crept back in. I was THIS close to quitting. At one point, I was literally holding my finger over the stop button. I kept telling myself to finish that one mile…that I could run on a treadmill for another few minutes.
I did that until mile 17…when I reached a really low point. I was getting tired, bored, and completely hated/questioned what I was doing.
It was exactly the push I needed to get through those last few miles. I got a surge of energy. I had goosebumps from excitement. I was literally smiling ear to ear from happiness. THEY pushed me – virtually – while tens and hundreds of miles away.
- Mile 1: 8:21
- Mile 2: 7:58
- Mile 3: 7:54
- Mile 4: 7:51
- Mile 5: 7:13 (MGP)
- Mile 6: 7:56
- Mile 7: 7:55
- Mile 8: 7:51
- Mile 9: 7:13 (MGP)
- Mile 10: 7:58
- Mile 11: 7:50
- Mile 12: 7:50
- Mile 13: 7:11 (MGP)
- Mile 14: 7:54
- Mile 15: 7:55
- Mile 16: 7:11 (MGP)
- Mile 17: 7:40
- Mile 18: 7:31
- Mile 19: 7:27
- Mile 20: 7:07 (~MGP)
- Total Time: 2:33:59
- Pace: 7:42
I ended up with 5 miles at or just slightly faster than marathon goal pace. I’ve never done quick pickups during a long run before…and have to say – I loved it. It was great to pick up my pace and it definitely made the run go by much faster.
There is no long run scheduled for this week. I’m racing THIS trail 10k on Saturday and will gladly welcome the lack-of-long-run week! Hoping that there is nothing preventing me from my next long run being outside.
One mistake I made on Friday was fueling. I didn’t eat anything before the run (so nothing for 9 hours before) and only had a few PowerBar Energy Blasts.
Usually for runs over 18 miles, I eat a piece of bread with peanut butter and then try to take 1-2 power gels during. While I felt okay during the run, immediately after I could tell that I had not consumed enough calories.
But despite that, I still managed to maintain almost the same pace that I had for my previous marathon PR (7:41). Excited that I still have a handful of 20+ milers left before the NJ Marathon on May 5.
Oh and swim training for the Lake Placid Ironman begins this morning at the crack of dawn – AGHH!! =)
Have you ever done marathon goal pace miles during a long run?
Did you get snow this weekend?
Did you watch the Grammy’s? Favorite dress? I didn’t watch it – but DVR’d it and hope to watch it during my run today/tomorrow!