Welcome to my biggest week yet for mileage! It was a decent week of running. I say decent because mid-week, I was really tired. REALLY tired. Marathon training is no joke, you guys. I knew it was going to be hard, but literally if I am not running or working, I want to be sleeping. Upping the mileage during the week has meant getting up a little earlier. On my 4 mile days, the alarm goes off at 4:45 and on the 7 mile day, it goes off at 4am. That is the hardest day of the week for me because after that run, it’s time to get ready for work.
My Sunday long runs also require waking up early, mostly because it’s still so hot and humid outside. I long for cooler, less humid temperatures. But, I’d likely still run early anyway because I do like getting it done and having the rest of my Sunday left to do whatever.
Monday – 4.01 miles
Tuesday – Rest
Wednesday – 7.02 miles
Thursday – Rest
Friday – 4.01 miles
Saturday – Rest
Sunday – 14.01 miles
Total for Week 7: 29.04 miles
My week day runs went well, but I switched a rest day around. While I like having two rest days in a row before my long run on Sunday, I really needed to sleep Thursday morning. I also skipped Weight Watchers Saturday morning to sleep in. I felt a little guilty, but sleep won.
I did not do PiYo during the week like I had wanted just because we were so busy, but this coming week I am looking forward to live class on Wednesday. The stretching will be great!
My biggest accomplishment this week was my 14 mile long run. To date, I have never run more than a half marathon. So it was very exciting going into this long run knowing I was going into unchartered territory. After running for almost two years now, it was fun to run a distance I had not done yet.
My amazing friend Angelina had her last 20 mile training run so I decided to meet her in downtown St. Pete and run with her. My alarm went off at 3:45am and we started our run just after 5am at Coffee Pot Bayou. We ran 14 miles together and considering it was 3 hours of running, it really went by quickly. Having someone to run with makes such a HUGE difference, especially on the long runs. Angelina is just 4 weeks away from her first marathon, so when I finished my 14 miles, she kept going for another 6 miles. She inspires me so much!
I was pretty darn impressed with our pace for this long run. As I’ve mentioned before, I have not been running for speed at all. This training is all about endurance and making it through the miles safely and injury-free. So a 13:05 pace is fine with me for 14 miles.
Not to mention, we saw this incredible sunrise along the way. I am so drawn to the water and sunrises and this view did not disappoint this morning. It is so peaceful. There was also a nice breeze, almost cool at times. A tease of things to come….
All in all, I am happy with Week 7. I am happy with my choice of fuel during my long runs and I have been drinking sports water. I will do another post of fuel and hydration.
Week 8 starts dark and early tomorrow with a 4 mile run. I am a little bit anxious about it just because my legs are pretty darn heavy now from the 14 miles. In addition to the 4 tomorrow, I also have 7 on Wednesday and 4 on Thursday, and then next Sunday I’ll be running 15 miles. Only 11 weeks until Space Coast Marathon!
Do you get nervous about new longer distances or excited?