August 7, 2005
week 8 of 18
8 down and 10 weeks to go in this adventure. Runningwise I am very satisfied with this week. After the tempo run in Tuesday and the 15-miler on Wednesday, I had a couple days to goof off before the much-dreaded Saturday workout - 16 miles with 12 at (goal) marathon pace. By Friday night I was sure I wouldn't be able to do it, and would hurt like hell trying.
Saturday the pager woke me at 3:30 and it took 15 minutes to fix whatever was broken and about 45 minutes to get back to sleep. I got up and out the door by 5:45 for 4 miles of warmup, and then my husband joined me on his bike for the faster part. My goal was to do the 12 at 7:15 - 7:25 average pace, but I ran the first couple of miles under 7 minutes and it didn't feel too bad, so I decided to keep my legs turning over and not worry so much. My stomach forced a stop home after 6.5 miles, but I was able to get on pace again after that. My husband - bless him - decided to ride the whole way with me, sometimes chatting but mostly just hanging out (I was limited to 1- or 2-syllable sentences anyway, so I wasn't much company). In the end I managed 7:06 pace for the 12 miles, so I'm pretty happy; that pace beats my 20K PR.
At 81 miles, this week marks 4 80+ weeks in a row, uncharted territory for me. But nothing's overly sore and nothing's broken!
Next week (this coming week, rather) is a little cutback - only 77 miles, and most of it easy. And I'm not on call, either, and per my husband's suggestion I'm going to try like hell to stop checking my work email after the workday is done. I want to take this week to rest and let my legs recover from everything I did to them these past 7 days.
Posted by joe positive at August 7, 2005 12:06 PM
awesome run, good job! and nice hubby!
Posted by: Nanda at August 8, 2005 12:21 PM