Another big week for mileage AND my longest run yet. I did get a day behind due to the rain, but caught back up by Friday. I thought I would really miss having the 2 rest days back to back before my really long run but it ended up being fine. I do, however, like having the rest days to play with and move around as needed for bad weather or crazy schedules.
I say this every single week, but my gosh the weeks really are just flying by. This completed my 8th week of training with just 10 more to go.
Monday – 4.01 miles
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – Rest / PiYo class
Thursday – 7.01
Friday – 4.02 miles
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – 15.00 miles
Total for Week 8: 30.04 miles
My 4 mile run on Monday was good, but my legs were pretty heavy from the 14 miles the day before. As much as I would love the rest day after a long run, I do feel like using that day for a shake-out run helps keep my legs much looser than they would be otherwise.
Wednesday evening was a blast. My friend Caitlyn taught a PiYo class at a local fitness studio in Palm Harbor (and will be there every Wednesday!). My friends Angelina and Corinna went as well. We had a great time, it was fun to be there and support Caitlyn, and it was a good class. Boy, did we feel it. I really thought I would have a hard time running 7 miles the next morning but it ended up being fine.
Friday morning we were amazingly able to get a run in before the rain started up again. So, I finished the week strong and had a rest day on Saturday, which was nice.
This morning, we got up at 4:30am. I had whole grain Eggos with apple butter for breakfast, my current fave before a long run. We were out at the causeway just before 5:30 to get started. It was a little cooler out and it felt great. I was pumped and ready to go. I had mapped out a route yesterday and knew that it would be close, maybe a little less or a little over. It ended up being exact – I could not have planned it better.
When we got to the north end of our route, we made a pit stop and walked out on the beach. It’s very quiet up there, in a residential neighborhood so it’s not touristy. It was beautiful out there. One of the many reasons I love running by the water.
I tend to have very surreal moments when I am running long distances. It’s almost like I am looking down on myself running and really, I am just amazed. Even now, after completing 10 half marathons, I am still just shocked at my love for running. And with every longer distance I run, I feel that much better about my training and tackling those 26.2 miles on November 30th. This quote is currently one of my favorites and it is SO true…
Week 9 start tomorrow and will be less mileage. I will have 4 miles, 7 miles, and 4 miles again during the week. Then next Sunday my long run will be 13.1 miles.
What is your favorite quote that keeps you going during training?