3/29 - 13.1 miles, 8:22 pace, 1:49:44 total time
Compared to runs past, today’s run went really well. My knee had very minimal discomfort which only started around mile 11. I am not sure if it was because I ran in the afternoon, but I found it interesting that my knee didn’t hurt at all at the beginning. During my midweek runs, it seems to hurt a bit more towards the beginning of the run and then settles in after 10 minutes or so. That is probably due to being stiff from a full night’s sleep.
I think that I must have been a bit out of it while running though. I had decided to do an out and back. But at the turn around, I looked at my watch and saw that I was running a LOT slower than I thought that I was. My ¼ marathon split was something like 1:04. I had been pushing the pace a bit and couldn’t figure out how I was running only a 9:15 pace or so. Well, a few minutes later, I realized what had happened. My out and back was on pace to be 15 miles, not 13! Crap. Since I am running the most miles that I ever have next week, I figured that I had better not push it, so I found a way to shorten the run up a bit but still had to walk about a mile after I was done.
Another thing that was a little annoying was that I got soaked during the run. We had received 4” of snow the day before which was now all melting. So, there were tons of puddles and small streams that I ultimately had to run through. My socks and legs ended up being a gross shade of brown that made my legs look really tan!
The 13 miles this weekend puts me at 29 miles for the week. It was great to have a step down week because next week will be a doozy capped off by the Hogeye marathon. With the marathon, 46 miles will be the most that I have ever done in a week!
Unfortunately, the Olathe Marathon 5K that I had planned for this weekend was postponed because of the snow. I’ll be running it next weekend the day before the marathon…. But will post more about that tomorrow!