Both times unintentionally, too! But, I must admit, I kind of like it!
Since I haven't written all week, let's recap, shall we:
Sunday: Successful 14 miler
Monday: Successful tempo which I was super nervous about since I had run the 14 miler the day before. 8:55 7:55 7:46 7:48 7:49 9:10 (the goal was to have 4 sub 7:50's)
Tuesday: For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to sleep in and run at lunch! HA! I was supposed to run 7 easy miles, but instead had 6.5 miles from HELL! At mile 6.5, I had to wait for a car. This was my only stop of the entire run and once I stopped, I just couldn't run anymore ... UGH! 6.5 miles in 58:11 (8:58 average pace). I checked the weather when I was finished and it read: 88 degrees, feels like 101 degrees, 58% humidity!
Wednesday - TRACK!!!! I love track. We had 10 x 400. My goal pace was 1:37 for all of them and I beat my times.
Thursday: Easy 8 which was anything but easy! 1:13:06 (9:09 average pace).
Saturday: This was supposed to be my long run, but was a FAIL. I decided to make it 4 easy miles instead! 4 miles in 36:36
Sunday: Redemption from Saturday. My schedule read 4 easy, 5 at 8:15, 1 easy, 4 at 8:00. So, yeah .. this was HARD!!!
I wrote my coach afterwards and was like "Did you mean for me to have 9 of my 14 miles at faster than goal marathon pace?" I'm sure he did, I mean, I can't become a better, faster, stronger runner without working harder right? I started this run around 6:45AM when the humidity was around 90%.
Techincally, this workout was a FAIL! But, I'll let you be the judge. I'm still very happy with the effort that I put forth ...
Total Mileage: 13.1 miles in 1:50:39
8:17 - felt tough, 4 more of these. UGH!
8:16 - Getting in the groove, but this is far from easy
8:11 - Finally, under 8:15
8:17 - last one and that was ALL I had left
9:09 - felt heavenly, but there is no shot that I can run 8:00's now
8:10 - very surprised with this time. I seriously expected an 8:30
8:14 - pushing ...
8:04 - dying ....
:44 (7:38 pace for .1) - STOPPED! I wanted to finish, but I couldn't AND when I saw my Garmin read 1:50:39, I was just done! My half split in San Diego was 1:50:21 ... so I stopped and decided that I put forth a good effort today since this was in a long run, not race!
Monday (TODAY): Tempo time, again! This is why my long runs are supposed to be on Saturday, not Sunday. I knew I didn't have 5 fast miles in me (7:45 8:15 7:45 8:15 7:45), so I just warmed up and tried for part of it.
9:40 - My coach is going to flip out on these, but I was just enjoying myself and letting my legs loosen up
7:51 - not quite a 7:45, but I think I may be able to run one more fast mile
8:05 - faster than the 8:15 on the schedule - SCORE!!!
9:07 - decided to rest for a mile
7:44 - picked it up to finish hard!
Felt very guilty at the end of this workout for detouring away from my schedule.
So, there you go ... a week in review!