So this week I was faced with running a total of 18 miles spread out over 4 runs. YIKES! Tuesday is 3 miles, Wednesday 5 miles, Thursday 3 miles, and Sunday is 7 miles. I picked a training program for runners who have ran a half marathon. When I trained for the half, the plan I followed didn’t have me run the entire 13.1 miles, only 10. As I was coming to the last three miles of the race it was a lot of stop and go stop and go. I had given up all motivation to finish the race. I had forgotten about a few hills going back into Salem and just was done. I had a little running buddy towards the end and it was very clear we both were struggling. Two miles left and we grabbed each others hands and finished the race together. Needless to say, I will run 26.2 twice by the time all is said and done, I will NOT fail this time.
Tuesday. 3 miles. Treadmill pace 8:49. Actual pace 9:07.
I hate treadmill running. HATE IT. Not to mention the asshole who works the snack shed who conveniently was making cookies as I was running, AGAIN. Really pal? Not to mention the people who have cinder blocks for feet and despite me having my music turned ALL the way up, I can still here them. Then there’s the occasional treadmill swayer. You know, the one who can’t run straight and you feel them inching closer to you every 2.5 minutes. For the love of Pete, STOP RAINING so I can run outside! Who is Pete anyway?
Thursday. 3 miles. Treadmill pace 8:51. Actual pace 9:15.
This run was painful. Not for my legs but for my nose! The woman on the next machine smelt like cigarettes and a hole lot of perfume! I give you a for effort for being there. But don’t come to the gym smelling like that! Goodness!
Sunday. 7 miles. Outside! Yahoo! Average pace 9:34.
Holy cow was it cold this am! I’m not complaining because I hate running outside when it’s hot. I’d rather die. I really focused on my posture. I have a habit of looking down at my feet or the ground in front of me. I get distracted very easily so that’s my default move but hey, it keeps me going!
All and all it was a successful week! Onto the next!