I felt good going into this run. We averaged a 9:42 pace and ran an even split the whole way. I wanted to execute the run this way since it was my first time “going long” in a while and I haven’t been running much these past two weeks while I’ve been recovering. My legs felt tight and a little heavy towards the end of the run, but I’m hoping this is just part of the recovery process. My long runs prior to LVM were averaging about a 9:00 mile consistently but with negative splits (some of them I was finishing the last miles around and an 8:00 pace or even faster). I didn’t even try to do this today – today’s run was about the long slow distance and reminding my body what training feels like, because I am getting back into the swing of things for a couple of weeks before it’s taper time. I also used this run to work on my long run nutrition and I’m happy to say that I had zero issues today. I am so determined to not let my stomach ruin my race day like it did at LVM.
This week I plan to run about 40-45 miles (my long run will be 22 of those miles) and will be doing some speed work also. I haven’t done speed work in 3 weeks and am really looking forward to mixing up the pace and letting my legs move faster again. It is funny how just a few weeks of recovery time can leave me wondering what I’m capable of again. I feel like I need a confidence-boosting long run and some solid shorter runs/speed work sessions under my belt before I taper for MCM. I want to feel GOOD and STRONG going into MCM.
So, that is the goal right now. Get back into a groove. Have some workouts that remind me what I’m made of and what I’m capable of. I want to get to that start line feeling confident and ready to give it all I’ve got. Ready to set another PR in the Marathon.