Stats for 6/19:
Drizzly run, surround with natures creatures and a YUCKY stomach ache.
My last LONG run is in the books for Marathon training. We are taking a little trip tomorrow so I opted to get it in today on my lunch hour++. Hard to believe that I am nearly on week 16 of my training, wow does time fly when you are running. Because I am a busy working Mom, I opted for a VERY BASIC Rookie 16 Week Marathon Training plan. I added tweaks here and there, goals for speed, hills training, added mileage, etc., but overall I just followed the plan. Today this is what my plan looks like.
Yes I like to check things off. I missed 3 total days due to travel for business or fun. I was short on mileage on a few and ran additional on others. I am VERY proud of what I have been able to accomplish!!
Today I left the locker room wearing my Capital City 1/2 Marathon long sleeves and no hat. The weather in Seattle area has been amazing dry for 29 days, this morning it rained. When I looked outside the pavement was dry, when I went outside it was drizzling.
Drizzle+Long Hair+ 8 Miles= No pretty for work
The first few miles the refreshing rain kept me company. I took my usual green route along the river path. Along the way I felt like a Princess in a Disney movie surrounded by natures creatures, swallows swooping in front of me dancing on the breeze, a squirrel drinking from a puddle, and a tiny baby bunny hopping to stay one lucky foot ahead of me. The animals were happy to have the rain. The trail had a pungent fresh green fragrance when the rain stopped.
As I approached the underpass there was a man who resembled a Saturday Night Live spoof of a German Body Builder, "I Want to Pump You Up!" style. He had a thick head of blond curly hair, jean shorts, over sized calves and was walking a poodle. It took all of my restraint not to LAUGH OUT LOUD. As I passed I realized that my stomach was not doing well. I know better than to EVER eat bacon but my salty urge got the best of me in the cafeteria this morning and I paid for it. My stomach was bloated and irritable the rest of my 4.5 miles, UGH!!
I thought a lot about my Goal for the Marathon and if it is realistic to hope for a BQ. My plan for this training run was to finish with 8:13 pace. If I run an 8:13 pace in the Marathon that will leave me 262 seconds or over 4 minutes to play with at the end of the race (that is if I don't rely on the pacer).
I ran through the stomach pain, itchy legs, slight irritability in my right foot and being hot in my long sleeves, not the best run ever. And when I plugged in my Garmin friend I had run 8:13 Pace!! Not consistently mind you, I admittedly suck at pacing myself, but to hit my goal flat on, that has to be a sign from the Running Gods.
Wishing all good luck in races this weekend, I hope you hit your pace!! Thanks to everyone for your comments on my last post, I truly cherish the Inspiration from others..