The Weekly Mile: Week 21 (Back on Track)
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
I still haven't run the entirety of the Lakefront Trail - but this week I completed 18 miles, and I saw what the other end of the path looks like. So overall, we're calling this week a big win.
After spending some time sulking about what I deemed to be a failure last week, I finally forgave myself for the things I couldn't control and got back out there for another run. I was going to do my shorter 6 mile run on Tuesday night, but felt so good out there, I made it for the full 8 instead - saving the 6 mile for a morning run on Thursday. Back on that Lakefront Trail, I was plagued by memories of how I felt on that long, hot run - but I pushed them aside and ran a solid 11:30/min pace for the whole thing.
On Thursday morning, I PRed my 10K time, running an additional .2 miles over and above the allotted 6 mile plan. 1 hr & 10 minutes! I actually fist pumped at the end of this run because it felt so good (despite the not wanting to get out of bed to do it in the first place).
The big bummer this week came in that I managed to kill ANOTHER iPod shuffle. They just are not withstanding how much I sweat when I'm out there I suppose, even though I wear them on my shoulder strap which would see the same amount of sweat, if not less, than an arm band. I didn't even run through a sprinkler with this one. It just copped out! So I have resorted to running with my first generation shuffle - you remember - the white stick of gum one. That thing is (so far) invincible, and takes a beating but keeps on playing. Different technology. Who says new is better??
But even though I got my music situation figured out before Sunday, I opted to at least START my 18 mile run without it. Low and behold, I made it all the way to mile 16 before deciding to pop in some tunes to really help me bust out the last 2 miles. And my reward for that? I met a friend along the way. A stranger really, but it still put a smile on my face. Around mile 3, a guy running just a hair faster than me passed me by on the trail. Now, I'm a pretty slow runner, so I'm used to this happening, but after a couple more miles with him still right in front of me, I started to use him as a pace bunny, wondering how long we would both stick out this rhythm. Finally, at 7 miles, he slowed and stopped. As I ran past him, I called out "you done?" He responded that he was, and I threw my arms up and said "but you were such a good pace vehicle!" and low and behold he jumped back on the trail and said "well then I guess you're getting a few more out of me today!" We ran side by side for another 1/2 mile, exchanging small talk. I asked him if he was "marathoning-it" and he said no, he was "life-ing it" which I found a most excellent answer. He asked how far I had to go and I told him all the way to the end and back. He let out an exasperated breath and wished me luck, and then told me to finish strong as he turned off at his street exit. I think the best thing about the whole exchange is that for a solid half mile, I wasn't thinking about running. Such a nice reprieve.
But once he was gone, it was nose back to the grindstone and feet on the pavement. I broke my run into 5K chunks, thinking about all the races that I have done at the various distances. Run the Hot Chocolate 5K. OK, now keep going to the Champion's Run 10K. And the next Hot Chocolate 15K. Turn around and do that again. And don't forget about the Women's Half at the 13.1 mile point. By the time I got there, I was within the Shamrock Shuffle 8K to the finish and Nikhil met me on his bike and trailed me home for the last 5 miles. Nothing easy about it at all, each mile was more painful than the last. Put after a couple of short walk breaks, a solid refueling and a splash-down of my face with fountain water, I busted out my stick-of-gum iPod and rode the wave home, clocking an 11 min/mile pace for the last half mile.
I'm still recovering.
But my body feels good. Only 3 more long runs before the final taper week. I'm within ONE MONTH of running this race. But I know I'll be ready.
I'm picking up food tracking again this week. I need something to keep me honest. But I upped my calorie range to something that reflects the real amount I'm burning. If I don't lose anything, so be it. But I need to stop with the sweets and treats and really start zoning in on the whole foods, and healthy snack alternatives. My body will thank me for it on October 7th.
And as a guarantee that I will not stop running after the Marathon, I signed up today for both the Hot Chocolate 15K again this year, and the 2013 Chicago Triathlon. Guess you're all going to be seeing a lot more (and less) of me over the next year, AND could just be in for yet another fun training blog. Back on track indeed. School is back in session, and training is my best education yet.
Week 21 Schedule (Completed):
Mon - Sulk & Rest :(
Tue - 8 miles
Wed - Swim
Thu - 6 miles
Fri - Rest
Sat - Rest
Sun - 18 miles
Total Weekly Miles: 32
Total Weekly Calories Burned: 4817
Weekly Friday Weigh-In: 189 - starting to creep up again. Gah.
Week 22 Schedule:
Mon - Rest
Tue - Rest (30 minutes on the foam roller & tennis ball - therapy)
Wed - 8 miles
Thu - 5 miles
Fri - Rest
Sat - 16 miles
Sun - Rest