As I have said before, when I ran my first marathon in 2006, I didn't keep any journal, or blog or anything. And now I have almost zero memory of it. I remember getting PFS and going to a physical therapist. I remember seeing the Fred's Team kids on First Avenue, seeing my then 6 year old daughter too. But I don't remember the training, the race or really much about it. So, to make sure I don't forget this one...a training update.
Two weeks ago I ran my long run on the beach at Kiawah Island. Even though I started early (7 a.m.), it was already 79 degrees, and humidity was about 90 percent (I looked on yahoo weather.) The dew point was 74 degrees. That was sticky hot. A gorgeous run (pic above) but, man, after about 8 miles, I was dead on my legs. I crashed, couldn't keep the pace. Ended up averaging about 9:28 over 12 miles with a crazy high heart rate. Combination of running on sand and the heat/humidity. Garmin also suffered...it crashed and lost my data for the run...airgh...I just wanted my heart rate data to see the stress. And I did see wild Bobcat tracks on the beach. Very cool. But I remember most the crash and burn. I was really ready for the end of the run.
This last week I ran in the Long Training Run in the Park. Last year, I volunteered to pace a group at 9/min per mile. After mile 13 or so, I cracked (I had planned on stopping at 11, GI issues, no food or water, etc.), but this year I just wanted to run. MUCH easier not pacing. The 9/min pace seemed really slow, but just about perfect training pace. Heart rate in line, not much trouble holding the pace, and felt good. And the results showed. A strong training run! I split from the group to only run 15, so at mile 13 I peeled off and ran last 2 solo. And faster also, both around 8/min. Very successful run. Very sore the next day too, but 48 hours later, not bad.
Been running during the week on the treadmill. I have been trying to loosely follow the program of 3 "quality" runs per week -- one long, one tempo, one speed. Speed I have slacked off of...it has caused aggravation in my calf and hamstring. But the tempo runs.,..1/4/1 (one warmup, 4 at 10K pace, one cool down) are a kick in pants too. Two weeks ago I had a super strong 5mile race in Central Park at 7:36 pace, so been using that as temp pace. That is a challenge for sure.
And the other challenge is losing weight while training. Watching calorie intake, trying to fuel workouts and recover. I have been successful so far, but it is another stress point. But running is much easier lighter.
On tap this weekend: 14 hilly miles around my neighborhood. Already thinking about it, planning it.
Hope your summer has been great!