My last post probably left you thinking, “Oh my word, get another hobby.”
And, maybe I should. Competitive knitting or something.
Kristy commented that I should “not think, just do.” I think I should have that tattooed on my arm or at least engraved on one of the Erica Sara “Say It Do It” bracelets. [I might just do that, actually.]
On Saturday morning, Gia and I ran 3 loops of the park (a little over 18 miles). I was actually a bit nervous (and Gia said she was, too) – I always get this little voice in my head saying, “Can you run 18 miles?! That is really far.” But, I guess, the tiny nerves with weekend long runs or hard workouts are what make the marathon (and training for anything, actually) fun. If training ever becomes mundane and ordinary, then I’ll find a new hobby. Maybe curling.
The plan was to run 18 with 4 miles in the middle at MP + 30 sec (around 8:40-ish). For any of you who might know the park well, we did those miles on the West Side after Harlem Hill (so basically from reservoir on west to reservoir on east).
We ended up running 18.23 miles in 2:38:16 seconds and I’ll do the math for you, that averages 8:42 pace for the whole kit and caboodle.
The MP + 30 sec miles ended up being a tad faster than prescribed at 8:19, 8:21, 8:26, 8:23.
I was tired by the end and definitely did not want to run 8 more miles at that moment, but I was not defeated. And, that’s a big difference from last week’s LR where I was sort of questioning if I could make it through the marathon distance.
Yesterday was probably the best long run I’ve ever had. For 18 miles and all of those Harlem Hills (well, three, but it’s a long hill), it was pretty, well, painless. We spent most of it chit-chatting about Gia’s adorable twins, how I want to try out Pure Yoga’s Figure 4 class, living Upper East Side vs downtown, and what I will do with my hair for the marathon (braid, to prevent tangles).
I wore my Garmin, but I looked at it maybe a total of three times. I probably won’t wear my Garmin for the marathon. Or a watch. Just going to go off the talk test. Run happy. High five some people. Hoping to feel good up until the Queensboro and then some pain then is ok.
Look at me – I didn’t make my bed yesterday, I drank a non-diet soda, I was in bed after 10 pm (rather than before), and I’m contemplating running a marathon without a watch — I’m living on the edge!
So, that’s that. Today’s post brought to you by the mantra, “Don’t Think, Just Do,” the number 18, and the letter M.
TELL ME: EVERY RUN A RACE WITHOUT A WATCH? LOVE IT? HATE IT?
PS – use hydrogen peroxide to get blood out of clothes – works like a charm
PS2 – go wish Jocelyn a HUGE CONGRATS on her 23 min and change marathon PR – she ran 4:03:52 at Chicago!
Until next time…