I ended Week 11 marathon training with only 3 runs this week but many many steps!
I walk every day... like really walk - my fitbit is off my chart!!! except for Wednesday, I had to sit in a plane!
My total distance for the week is 101.5 km / 63 miles
Long Run Report: 19 miles.
I got up at 6AM to prepare and be ready to start running early enough so it would not be too hot by the end... Adds on the road (spotted on the recce) where speaking/calling for me - that is for sure!
Knowing the Julia I was 10 years ago, this blog would have been very different- Getting up at 6 to go for 2 1/2 hours of training as I am on vacations would not be part of it! I guess that having a goal in mind, like the championships, really make a difference on my commitment to my training program.
I had a coffee, oatmeal and half a banana. Prepared my drinks for the run and took with me a soldier energy bar and a Cliff energy gel (chocolate of course!). We got in the car at 6:45 and drove to my starting point - 42k away from "home" : Flagler Beach.
My first 2 miles are always difficult - I mean ALWAYS - I have this entry on my training log all the time! Yesterday's start felt like I would not be able to even complete a 10k however my starting pace was much better than my usual! After 3k, I was going at a comfortable pace...The scenery was nice - beach view and coastal living. Cross many pedestrians with their little dogs. The last mile of this 10k split was hard. I wanted to push and STOP! All I was thinking was my stride and how it felt on my legs.
First split: 47 min 32 sec. - my best split! Stop: water and gel.
The next 10k were really nice. The sidewalk were winding through patches of trees - offering some shade. The sky was a bit cloudy but still very bright! I enjoyed that portion. My mind was wandering and I was distracted. I saw many squirrels, counted 6 cardinals (5 males and 1 female), a dead turtle (sad) and a small snake! My was was a bit slower but I knew I had an other 10k to do after this one... Considering that this would be round 2 of 4 for the marathon, I don't think I should start the way I did it... Stop at the park for half my bar and water. I was SOOOOO HOT!!!! My top was soaked. I think I prefer running during "Summer" but I am not convince it is easier!
The last 10k = Mind game!
20 to 23k was ok. At that point I was fully exposed to the sun, running on the side of the road A1A South close to MarineLand. I knew I had three bridges to cross to the finish line. The first one seems so long and the false climb was truly challenging. I had to stop at 24.5k to catch my breath and stretch. (Sorry I stopped my watch too - I know that this is not truly representative of marathon time!) I was doing a countdown... and I had to give up after the second bridge (27.5km). I just could not run the last one. So I paused my watch, got in the van, drank 250 ml water with electrolytes and asked Ken to drive and drop me 3k from home! When I got off the van, my legs were so stiff, it was hard to start running again (and it was only a 3 minutes break!)... I did it! I did my 19 miles as I had planned to do.
Final Time: 2 hours 31 min - pace: 4:56/km (not counting stops!)
Where is Julie... after the run? In the pool stretching... We went for a walk at the Washington Oaks Garden State Park in the afternoon too (next blog!)
Also, the happy hour and beer tasting a the microbrewery was a good way to celebrate the end of week 11.
The darker the better!
And my meal at Harry's (Saint-Augustine downtown on the waterfront) was delicious. Starter:Crab and Eggplant Napoleon (topped with a parmesan cream sauce); Entrée: Blackened Grilled Red Fish with Corn "Maque-choux" - I want to try this and it is yummi! (I have a recipe for it ...); Dessert: Key Lime Pie - When in Florida, you have to try local!
Not tracking, I will get back on tracking tomorrow, flying home tonight.
Yieee!!!! I love left over... My lunch prior departure - Harry's Signature!
My mom did not finish her meal last night... Harry's Collard Green + Shrimp Orleans over a crispy grit cake with ham cream sauce... That should last me until the morning... I will skip dinner - I don't want to eat fast food at the airport (taking a snack with me).