I’ve done it, I’ve finished peak week – and it surprisingly wasn’t as challenging as I anticipated. It’s funny to look back and see the small increments that brought me to where I am now – my agony over a 4 mile run has transformed into finishing 14 miles and feeling pretty fucking awesome. So mileage for this week was….
Tuesday: 10 miles
Wednesday: Off – vegan family dinner!! Casserole, pie, soy whip.
Thursday: 6 miles
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 14 miles
Sunday: 4 miles
Total miles run: 40
I haven’t uploaded my runs from garmin yet, but I am pretty sure that my long run broke down to 9:00 pace. The goal I’ve been ruminating over in my head has been to run 13.1 in under 2 hrs. And Saturday I ran it in 1:58:xx.
So obviously I need a new goal. No, ok I am still going to be happy to just run under 2 hours. That’s a HUGE improvement off my first half, something around the 2:17 (blah) mark. And that was basically shuffling/crying/crawling the last 3 miles. Mostly I am proud of myself to have done the training. That is way more meaningful to me than a fancy finish time.
So now we taper. I have a few more 8 mile runs, but nothing farther. Scott and I signed up for a 5 mile race this coming weekend, which will be a fun assessment of how much speed I’ve gained through training. I’m also going to spend these last two weeks really focusing on nutrition. Last week gave us little time to prepare sound lunches and I mostly foraged through the hospital. (aside – we’ve been watching the Walking Dead so everything is now seen in terms of the impending zombie apocalypse).
Oh, and Wednesday we are going to see NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON give a lecture. My nerdiness will not be contained.