One run down, forty-one to go! Today is the day that marathon training plan begins. Technically, it was yesterday, but Monday is a rest day. We did go down to the island yesterday, so I did walk two miles to and from the cottage pushing the boys in the stroller. This weekend seemed like we were constantly on the go!
On Sunday, Jen, Jill, and I hit the rail trail for a 14-miler which was a personal distance record for me (of course I will be hitting a PDR nearly every week now). It was a great run and I felt super strong, relaxed, and confident even though we were running in the low nines for every mile. Well, with the exception of the couple of times we walked to hydrate and fuel. But even with the breaks we ended up with an overall pace of 9:43! We rocked it! This will be my last long run before the Rail Trail Half on the 24th as I'll be running a 5K with the family next weekend. I am feeling very optimistic for the half and despite it being (slightly) hillier and will most certainly be a lot warmer, I think I will be able to run a smarter race and have the mental strength that was missing at my first half. Plus, I am very familiar with the course seeing as we run there nearly every weekend!
So back to marathon training! Tuesday's are my speed workouts so I went to the track for the first time since winter. As excited as I have been to start the plan, I have to admit I was dreading the first workout. Mile repeats...ugh. Suck it up, buttercup. And I did. This is how it went -
One mile warmup
3 x 1600 @ 7:24 pace w/ 1:00 RI
One mile cooldown
So...I already screwed it up. I took 2:30 of rest between intervals. But you know what, it was my first speed workout in months. This is what my times looked like:
Repeat #1 - 7:15 (uh, oops...way too fast)
Repeat #2 - 7:29 (I felt more relaxed...too relaxed)
Repeat #3 - 7:26 (2 seconds off pace...I'd call that a success)
The Run Less, Run Faster program I'm following specifically mentions to keep the interval times within a few seconds of each other. Since I haven't done speedwork in a while, I'm not going to beat myself up on this one. But hey, if you average the intervals, it equals 7:24! Score!
Anyway, run one is in the books.
And now for a dose of cuteness provided by Finn.
Last week he fell asleep eating his peanut butter sandwich.
Today he has kept himself busy doing puzzles on the Kindle as I wrote this post.