BOOM. Three runs and a 16 miler last week and I'm back to feeling like I can tackle that 'm' in October. While my hip and calf are still a bit cranky, they are holding up to my runnings and yogaings. It's bearable. In fact, I had the best 16 miler to date in my running history on Sunday. And that's saying something!
Any run over 14 miles is something I typically dread. I don't like how much time it takes, but I'm finding as my pace and strength have increased, so has my tolerance for long runs. Of course it didn't hurt that it was only 74 degrees during the 16 miler, a pure treat during August in Kansas. Plus my running company wasn't too shabby either! We even managed to negative split the last two miles, something we are working on during long runs to help us through those last miles.
Upon the advisement of my running buddy Shellers, after my 16 miler I went home and took an ice bath (first one since i trained for my first 'm' two years ago), and I even drank some Muscle Milk (it was my first time trying it), then took some Aleve. I felt fantastic afterwards, even yesterday. I won't lie, it's refreshing to finally feel good during and after a run over 14 miles. Big milestone for this girl, and it's giving me a lot of hope about that 'm'. However my hip is back to a painful state this week, but I'm simply running through it and hoping PT works. Fast.
Speaking of, I've changed my goal a bit for the 'm' seeing how I had to take a week off for injury. Whereas I was aiming for a sub-4 goal at the start of training, I'm tweaking that a bit and now shooting for anything under 4:10. Hopefully reaching something more in the 4:05 range. It's not exactly what I wanted, but I am being realistic here, especially considering my training interruptions. Sub 4:10 would still be a pretty decent PR, so I'm satisfied with that.
Week 9 Training:
Monday - Rest cranky hip and calf
Tuesday - Rest cranky hip and calf
Wednesday - Rest cranky hip and calf
Thursday - 4 Miles Easy
Friday - 7 Miles Speedwork, with 3x1 mile @ 7:30
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - 16 Miles with last two at faster pace
Cheers to a fantastic running week fellow interwebbers!!