Autumn is exhibiting itself in all its wonderful glory today! A few weeks ago I was a little nervous that fall was going to be skipped over and that we were headed straight to winter but Mother Nature proved me wrong.
I was out the door a few minutes before 8 am for an 18-mile run. Luckily I had company as my friend rode his bike along and carried all my water…definitely a helpful gesture for training runs. Before I left, I looked up the water stops for the Philly Marathon and jotted them on a piece of paper. My friend kept these mile markers on him so that I was reminded to drink water and snack at these times. It worked pretty well and I’m more confident that I can get away with not carrying my fuel belt on me during the run. I have used one for the past two marathons but it’s a real nuisance to me while I run. I see other people on the trail running with them and they seem to perfectly fit but on me the darn thing just shakes and slides despite being on the tightest setting. All the sliding then results in the belt chafing right above my hip and that is just annoying. Does anyone else out there have this problem? I shouldn’t complain about having a small waistline but the makers of these belts need to consider creating one with my body proportions in mind!
All rants aside, I think that running without the belt will keep me more focused resulting in a faster run. However, I do need to figure out how to tote my phone around because it’s the only way I can keep my family on track with where I am during the race as well as ensuring I do not lose them after the race. So I’ll determine later what I’m taking with me on race day.
Today’s run felt great with temperatures starting out a little chilly in the 50’s but rising to high 60’s; around Mile 13 I was beginning to get sore in my legs, butt and knees. The last mile was the toughest as my mind just wanted to be done and the wind decided to kick up a notch at that point and blow right at me. Overall I was able to maintain an average 9:04 pace finishing in 2:43:14. I have pretty much nixed a Boston qualifier time so now I’m focused on finishing in under 4 hours. I am hopeful!
The rest of the day I decided that cleaning my apartment and switching out summer clothes with winter ones was a great plan and now I’m completely wiped out so I may be spending the rest of my day plopped on my couch to watch football, a movie, well whatever strikes my fancy. Sounds quite delightful to me since I rarely find myself being lazy.
Week 11 Recap (10/9-10/15): 3 days of running totalling 24 miles, 1 cross training day (weights and yoga), 1 soccer game, 300 push ups, and 2 days at the golf driving range (not sure that helps me in my training but it was fun!)
5 Weeks Till Race Day!!!