Fastest mile- 7:54- Mile 21 WOOT!!
Less Fast Mile- 9:19
Cool day with Fleet Feet running group.
The hail/rain started just as we were about to take off. So I put my jacket over my t-shirt I had planned to wear. The first 6 miles were windy and cold, I led a group of about 6 to 8 of us as we talked about drafting, race plans, pace and more... There were so many conversations going on it was hard to concentrate, but pretty fun way to pass the time. My plan was to run 9:00-9:15 mile pace for 21.2 to get more time on my feet. Tammy and Janna (AKA Lioness) were up for the challenge and they were AMAZING!!
This run felt great! We stopped to refill and refuel. I am having a hard time with Gu right now, I may need to go back to the PLAIN. Trying to find a good fuel plan for race day but I have yet to find it. I crave salt when I run, I am about to put Frito's in my race belt :) Does anyone have anything salty on Marathon day while running? Gu Chomps are my favorite but at just 25 calories it would take a bunch to fuel 26.2++
Tammy is a Marathon Maniac with many many Marathons accomplishments. She talked about an experience she had with putting expectations on herself for race day and feeling let down instead of proud of finishing when she did not reach that goal. I did the same thing to myself on Marathon #1, thinking I could BQ first time out. And I may be repeating a mistake this time by putting the same pressure to BQ....but somehow I doubt it. I feel like I know what it takes now to reach that goal and I have put in the work. I will have one goal on race day 3:40:59!!! No time for Polly Pessimism, life is too short to not reach for the BIG Goals.
At mile 16 I got a killer hamstring cramp. OUCH!! OUCH!! I kept running hoping it would loosen up. I had taken a salt cap, maybe I needed more?? I kept the pace but it hurt. The Negative Nancy in me worried.. We stopped briefly to check on Ben one of the coaches, so I stretched. It did not help. UGH! I turned on my Ipod and so did my buddies. We hung together but were in our own worlds now. I imagined the trees on the path were other runners and kept my head up. Mile 19 I was ready to be done so I sped up, when I got to 8:30ish pace the cramp went away. Non-medical Opinion, the cramp was caused by running too slow :)
The quicker pace felt great, I had fuel in the tank and just cruised. 19- 8:30, 20-8:26... 1.2 miles to go, don't underestimate that .2. I felt GREAT, I did not feel like I had been running for 3 hours in the rain and wind. Go get it Mel!! I imagined that the girls on the trail were the 3:40 pacer, Chase em down Mel!! Mile 21- 7:54, but I was not done, still have that .2, just under one lap around the track. Rock it out Mel! .21- 7:30!!! Done!! The Fleet Feet buddies were there to cheer at the Finish. solid effort and a GREAT confidence booster. Lioness and Tammy, who I will call Red-Runner because of her beautiful red locks, came cruising just after me. I ran to my car to grab Gatorade and Ritz crackers, I waited too long to eat last week and felt nauseous all day. I shared my crackers and we all congratulated each-other.
We look a little like the T-Mobile bar commercials :) One more LONG run and it is Taper time. I have not decided if I will run 22 or 24 miles next weekend? Will see how the runs go this week and go from there. I am soooo READY!!
How was your holiday?
How was your running this weekend?