I am amazed at what a HUGE difference getting new shoes made. Woah. I was looking at my stats on garmin connect and realized my foot started hurting by the 5th run in those shoes. Yikes! I'm glad I figured it out and will be able to continue on with my training *hopefully* injury free.
Monday: Cycling- 12.9 miles, 45 min (17.2 mph)
Tuesday: 6 miles, 7:42 pace. I ended up bailing on my Yassos this week- figured it was best to take it easy on the foot for a few more days. I had zero pain during my run, and by the afternoon any tenderness I had following the run was gone.
Thursday: 5.69 miles hills, 370 ft gain, 8:29 pace. Jami killed me up the hills AGAIN! I want to be like her when I grow up. I wish I could run more so I could get better at hills. Last year I was able to fly up them at this time.
Saturday: 18 miles, 8:40 pace. I felt really, really good- in spite of getting up at an inhumane time- 4:45 AM. Huge boo to early mornings.
***If you are training for a marathon, here is a tip- break up your run into a series of smaller loops. That is what I did this time, and it seemed so much easier! Mentally, I didn't even feel like I ran 18 miles. I ran 5 miles alone to start out, then picked up my friends Jami and Katie and ran 6 miles with them, and the finished with a final loop of 7 miles with Breona and Mindy. My friends kept me going and it was always exciting when I picked up a new set of buddies- like I got to start all over.
This run made me insanely happy for the rest of the weekend. Around mile 15 my foot left foot started to hurt a little, so I ran on the grass and the shoulder for the rest of the time. My feet recovered quickly though and by today I feel like my feet are 100%. This feels like a miracle considering the problems I've been having and after such a long run like this.
Workouts were good this week. I need to add in strength again. I just wish I didn't hate doing it so badly. Know what I love? Walks with the fam. We had a gorgeous view of Antelope Island- where Cory did his 50 miler this past weekend!
What was your favorite workout last week? How do you handle long runs mentally during marathon training?