I ran 18.76 miles in what was supposed to be the balmy 56 degree weather yesterday. (In reality it was 37 degrees at the start and 43 at the finish) Gotta love Minnesota. I was planning on 20 but I finished the loop back at my car at 18.76. Normally, I would have tacked on the final 1 1/4 miles because I am anal that way and like to end on nice even round numbers but I was absolutely fried. I knew in the first 5 miles since I was feeling so great from my 3 rest day week that I was in trouble. I have learned that starting slow for me in long distances is the only way my body cooperates. Example, Mile 2 of marathon 8:38, mile 26 6:51. Mile 1 on Sunday 7:30. Having run the half last Saturday, I realize I need more recovery time. I am just plain tired!
I am a list person. I said I would list my goals. Honestly, I overthink these things way too much. I practically have a novel of reasons for everything I intend to accomplish but I've decided not to bore anyone with this. Short and sweet:
Boston Time Goal
PR 3:25:23 Goal 3:23:12
I am combining training programs and compiling them on a spreadsheet that will allow for Wednesday to be my long run day. I will not be increasing my mileage and will peak around 60 miles a week. I will be incorporating more cross training and strength training and running 5 days instead of my usual 6. I will start on December 13th.
I will greatly increase my mileage and training over the summer next year in preparation for the fall marathon.
5K- PR 21:20 Goal sub 21 (I will likely only run 1 or two 5k's as I hate this race)
10K-PR 45:15 Goal 43:30. I have broken my PR in both a half marathon and a practice run so I think this is attainable.
Half marathon- PR 1:37:10 Goal 1:35
Fall Marathon - PR 3:25:23 Goal 3:16 and change (7:30 pace)
Hopefully, these will all become reality :)