Halloween + Longest Long Run

Well, friends…we are officially in peak week! AGH! I feel like the last few weeks have completely flown by. And let’s not even begin to discuss that the big day is now less than three weeks away.

This past weekend was my longest long run of the training cycle. My coach wanted me to run for 3:05. No set pace or distance. I was supposed to “just run” for 185 minutes. The purpose was to get some time on my feet. All of my long runs up until this weekend have been 16-18 milers (+ one 20) and have maxed out at 2:30. Since I’m going after a specific time and I need to run strong from start to finish, it was important to do a really long run.

Despite knowing I was going to be running for over 3 hours, I wasn’t nervous at all (a change for me for a long run!) and somewhat excited about the run. It was really great not having to worry about anything except moving – no marathon goal pace miles, no fast finish.

My plan was to look at my garmin as little as possible and run on how I was feeling. I wanted to be comfortable the whole run.

The run could not have gone any better. It was one of those runs where you feel great from start to finish, the pace feels easy and you feel like you could run forever. It was a bit chilly (for me) but in reality, the weather could not have been more perfect – 37, sunny (when the sun finally came up) and fairly calm.

After the warmup mile (7:58), I started logging some miles in the 7:35-7:38 range. My initial thought was to slow it way down to ensure I didn’t start too fast. Maybe it was the rational side of my brain.  But I knew it felt easy and I had confidence that I could maintain that pace for the 3+ hours.  So I went with it.

Distance: 24.41 miles
Pace: 7:34 pace
Slowest Mile: 1st (7:58)
Fastest Mile: last – .41 miles (7:16 pace)
Range: Miles 2-24 were all between 7:28-7:38
Splits: 7:58, 7:38, 7:36, 7:37, 7:38, 7:37, 7:38, 7:37, 7:33, 7:33, 7:36, 7:35, 7:30, 7:32, 7:28, 7:30, 7:34, 7:36, 7:35, 7:30, 7:35, 7:29, 7:35, 7:30, 7:16(last .41)

Knowing that I *only* have to run 1.79 more miles makes me giddy. And in some ways I know race day will be easier. I won’t be running alone. I won’t be running in the dark. There will be water points. I will fuel more (I only fueled 2x during the run – mile 9.8 and 17.7). There will be spectators and cheering. I will be tapered. It all kind of makes me anxious to see what I can do.

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Quick recap of last week’s workouts:

Monday: 6 miles on treadmill (8:19 pace)

Tuesday: 9.15 miles (7:34 pace) including 10x600m repeats. Goal pace was 2:20-2:23. Went a bit faster but felt so strong through all 10.
W/U: 8:26, 8:05
Splits: 2:17.23, 2:16.98, 2:15.71, 2:17.25, 2:15.74, 2:18.12, 2:16.47, 2:17.37, 2:14.71, 2:14.99
C/D: 8:06, 7:51

Wednesday:  6 miles on treadmill (8:17 pace)

Thursday: 8 miles including 2×3 mile tempo. Workout didn’t go as planned. I felt off from mile 1 on. My two warmup miles were considerably slower than usual and I felt like I was working MUCH harder than I should be to even run those miles. Goal was 6:55->6:50 for the two sets. I managed the first set (barely) and after getting 2 miles into the second quit. Literally just stopped running and quit. It’s one thing to not be able to hit the target paces but give it your best shot. But it’s another thing to give up. I was really mad at myself for the better part of two days for quitting. And I was even more mad at myself for letting a {bad} run affect me as much as it did.

Friday: 5 miles on treadmill (8:16 pace)

Saturday: 24.41 miles

Sunday: off

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After the long run on Saturday, I had a recovery shake, stretched, showered (I was warm when I was running but immediately afterwards was freezing) and then spent most of the day cleaning and prepping for our Halloween party. My husband and I were throwing an adult party for some family and friends. It was the first adult party we had ever thrown AND was the first time I was dressing up for Halloween in almost 10 years! My mom is a saint (she really is) and was watching the boys and my niece at her house so that we could enjoy a childfree night. We joke with her that it must be easy to *only* have three to watch (she had four little ones – at one point we were 6, 5, 4 and a newborn) but I don’t see how there is anything easy about watching three little ones – dinner, baths and bedtime for three ages 5 and under.

Little ones doing some reading before dinner at Grandma's

Little ones doing some reading before dinner at Grandma’s

The party was a blast. It was so amazing to not have to worry about bedtimes or the noise level in the house and just have a good time with adults. Plus it was really fun to get dressed up and act like a kid again. My husband and I went as Robin (me) and Batman!

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But, man. Yesterday was really rough. I was reminded why I don’t stay up to 2am or drink as much as I did. HA. A planned rest day could not have come on a better day. Thanks, coach =)

Do you dress up for Halloween? 

When do you start tapering for a marathon? 2 weeks or 3 weeks out? 

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    2. That is an AMAZING run. What a confidence booster. You killed that workout, big time! Congrats. That more than made up for your less than stellar tempo workout on Thursday.

      Love the costume pics. I wanted to dress up…I LOVE Halloween, but with a 3.5 month old….wasn’t worth it this year. We are doing a Dios De Los Muertos party on Saturday though, so maybe some face painting!
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    3. 2 week taper for me but i am now getting all these weird “phantom” pains. So I feel like i’ve been running more than I have….it’s all in my head. =)

      Cute superhero duo hosts you guys were! I had an adult party this weekend too. It was my 40th birthday. But I had silly putty and etch a sketches for people to toy around with. lol! Wine and silly putty make for quite a comical evening.
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    4. Such a solid week, and holy smokes that final run! Amazing. I can’t wait to see how you do in Philly. Love the Halloween outfit, too! I saw some pics on FB and it made me smile. It’s been years since I’ve dressed up, too. Definitely perfect timing to rest yesterday!
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