4/15: 5 miles, 8:10 pace
4/16: 10 miles, 8:27 pace
4/17: 5 miles, 8:07 pace
Wednesday: Like I said earlier, I had to push back all of my runs by a day because I took Monday off to move. To be honest, I would have rather ran. Either way, I took the extra day’s rest to turn this run Wednesday run into a MP run. It felt good to stretch my legs and really push the pace. My goal pace is right at 8:00, so I was close enough if you take the stoplights and general slowdowns into account. I honestly think that holding this pace for the entire race in 4 weeks will be a stretch.
Thursday: 10 miles – fail. I really hate to say that because my pace was actually right on target,
but this was not a good run. Like I said earlier, I got really cold and looking at my splits, I think
that I tried to run too fast and bonked towards the end. My splits were really inconsistent at
8:17, 8:08, 8:10, 8:39, 8:24, 8:47 (!!), 8:43, 8:25, 8:45, 8:10. Ah well, live and learn. These 10 mile runs are always tough while on the road
because I don’t bring my water bottle (so, no water for all 10 miles) and only recently have been eating anything during the run. The night before the 10 miler, I went to Target to pick up a few things including some sport beans or a gel. No dice – they were sold out or something. So, I considered a powerbar but they only had Vanilla…..PASS. So, what did I go with? Gushers! They are really soft, they have a lot of sugar, and they taste really good. Why have I not thought of this before?
Friday: Damn, didn’t get any slower on this one. I am really going to try to throttle back my long 20 miler this weekend to a 8:40 or so pace. I assume that with my faster runs mid week, this will not be a problem. The good news is that I was able to wear a sweatshirt, so instead of freezing, I was a bit warm. I think after Thursday’s run, I’ll take a bit warm vs cold. But, come talk to me in three months when I am in Phoenix.. Whew.