Coach Krazy Legs emailed and said, "how about another 18 miler." I said lets do it. I had a good week. I thought it was going to be a little boring and all. A lot of things have been running thought my head lately about what to expect with this marathon. Here is how my week went:
Monday (last weeks mileage)-Easy 4. Groggy, sore, and tired. Get the weekly mileage in.
Tuesday-Easy run. 3 miles with the girls. Nothing to report.
Wednesday-Training 6. I found a new road to run with easy gravel. May be a spot for mile repeats.
Friday-Progression 10 miler. The weather around stanford was gloomy and moist. Not rainy, just wet. It was perfect. Not too cold. I had a few hours to kill so I slipped on the kicks and off I go. I ran past the football stadium, through campus, right by the Game Day stage where ESPN was. Here are my splits: 9:21, 9:13, 9:10, 9:02, 8:58, 8:43, 8:33, 8:28, 8:34, and 8:31. The worst part is that the last 2 were way faster. The road I ran on had a lot of lights. I must have been stopped by 5 lights. I think they were 8:15 and 8:10 effort/pace. I felt awesome. That is an average of 8:52 pace. Total time 1:28:38.
Saturday-4 mile recovery. To Stanford stadium and back. Sore and tired but got it in.
Sunday-Long Run, 18 miles. I wondered how much nutrition played a part in the other long runs collapsing. Today we went for another long run and used some nutrition. It went much better. 18 miles, 2:56:51. That is a 9:49 pace. The hills are bigger than the race. I started the day sore and tired. I wanted to run that way. I even had a 2 min negative split. Tapered and flatter...what am I capable of come race day? No issues muscluskeletal. I used some shot blocks and some Gu's. The first 9 I carried Sully and water. The second accelerade. I felt strong. A good confidence booster going into the taper.
Stats-45 miles total. More than the plan but then again we didnt plan the 18 miler. Got a strong progression run in. A solid long run. A great week. Quote:
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”
What am I capable of come race day?