This week was a turning point for me. A badly needed turning point. I'm not sure what happened to cause my "funk". Or what happened to make it disappear. I'm just glad that I'M BACK! (at least until the next time.....) I realized on Friday that I was EXCITED for my long run on Saturday. That hadn't happened for about a month. I'm sure "the funk" was inevitable as I've been running consistently for two and a half years (Sept. 2009). And I have been training for big races for a large majority of that time. It's funny, really; I didn't dread my runs, I just wasn't looking forward to them like I usually do. It was more of an obligation than a pleasure. It had gotten so bad that I was talking about switching from the full marathon to running the half for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. This week, it seems to have evaporated. YAY!!!! now, I just hope that it stays gone.
After my long run yesterday, I am really looking forward to my half marathon in two weeks and to the marathon in May. I just finished week 8 of marathon training, and have 10 more until the race is complete. It was a good training week, so hopefully, I can keep this momentum going! (NO MORE FUNK!)
Wednesday's tempo run was 1 mile warm-up with 6 miles as close to 8:40mm as I could with a 1 mile cool-down. Very happy with my splits from that run; (8:47, 8:40, 8:48, 8:42, 8:41, 8:33). Can you tell which two miles were directly into the wind? :)
Saturday's long run was really a two part run. The first eight miles were with a friend, then I decided to kick it up a notch for the last six miles. We ran Sharon Woods which is a hilly path around a metropark (well, hilly compared to my pancake flat neighborhood!) and I wanted to see how close to my goal half marathon pace (9:00 or less) I could keep my splits. The answer? Pretty close! This run gave me a nice confidence boost for the upcoming half marathon!
Today, I got to run across the dam of the State Park lake. I ran across the dam, through the woods, did some stair repeats, then joined my family for some fun time at the playground below the dam. It was a fantastically beautiful March day and we took full advantage of it!
Week 8 stats:
Monday: 6 miles (was supposed to be an easy run, but actually into a great progressive run!)
Tuesday: 2.06 miles Afternoon run in the sunshine
Wednesday: 8.1 miles tempo run
Thursday: 3.1 miles Treadmill run
Saturday: 14.1 miles
Sunday: 3.6 miles
Total for week 8 of marathon training: 36.97 miles
Hope you all had a great week training and a good weekend!