Monday, August 26, 2013

Steamtown Training Week 12

7 weeks to go! Less than 50 days! That's terrifying! I continue to be consistent and complete (if waddling the last 10% of my long run counts as "completion") everything on the training plan. Although I've done 2 marathons, this one is still looming like I've never done one before. I'm nervous. Self-doubt is there during pretty much every run. I know I can do it, but the question of speed is starting to plague me. Too bad my 20 miler didn't build any new confidence for me. 

Victories: I finished my first 20 miler!
Monday: HIIT with Nick. Lots of abs. PS never agree to 8 rounds of 20 sec on/10 sec off walking planks. You'll never forgive yourself.

Failures: The run where I dropped and broke my phone was not the high point of my life. And needing to run/walk the last part of my long run kind of sucked.

Tuesday: 5.1 outside @ 8:18, I was emotional and ran stupid fast and then tried to hang on the rest of the run. Then one of my headphones fell out and while trying to pop it back in, I dropped my phone and broke it. And then I got emotional again. Not my best day.
Wednesday: 24.7 biking @ 18.3
Thursday: treadmill 1 @ 6, 4.25 @ 7.6, 1 @ 7.7, 1 @ 6.7 plus cooldown. 7.5 total. 1:07ish
Friday: treadmill 4.25 @ 6.6 plus cooldown. 4.5 total
Saturday: off, unless you count a Dogfish Brewery Tour as a workout.
Sunday: 20 @ 9:13. 

Totals:  37.1 miles running, 24.7 miles biking, 1 HIIT

So about my long run. The pace? Not quite as quick as I would have hoped. I started off strong and happy (first 10 miles were 8:39-8:55) then the wheels sorta fell off. I knew I could hobble it in and slowly die over the last 10 miles, but then I resolved to at least make it "strong" to 18, then I would run/walk the last 2. I justified this because I hadn't done an 18 miler, only 17, so those last 3 miles were all new territory. I definitely felt like a huge mess for the last 4 miles or so, and my pace reflects it. Afterwards, I was just completely spent and although nothing on my body hurt specifically, somehow everything hurt. As I was driving home, I realized my body just felt done. 

After getting home and eating and drinking a ton, I felt revitalized, so maybe I was just dehydrated/hungry? I definitely didn't fuel too well on Saturday night (I had curly fries and beer for dinner, then a black bean burrito a little later because I was still starving... someone should really revoke my adult card). 

LR Minutiae: Slept pretty well, had eggs, toast, lots of water and coffee at ~11am, then 4 date balls and peanuts later in the morning. Wore my new singlet from the race earlier this month and it chafed the crap out of my armpits. Lame. Drank a big bottle of Gatorade during the run, and had 4 Gus- 1 before, 1 @ 5, 10, and 15. 

Subject change!

I got a Fitbit! Because what I need in my life are more opportunities to obsess about numbers!

My parents got me a Fitbit Flex for my birthday (which was last week, did I mention that?). I love it! I've worn it during a few runs though and the numbers are odd for mileage. I also wore it during a bike ride and the numbers were way off. I don't know if it needs to be calibrated or something, but I'd like it to be a little more accurate. I've read the help files and might just need to take it off when I'm biking. 

Other than that, it's really neat! It tracks my sleep, but I'm pretty sure that's not very accurate either. I don't sleep soundly, and wake up a handful of times each night, but the Fitbit has me at 99% "sleep efficiency." I wish I wasn't proud of this, but I really am. I'm efficient at sleeping! Actually, I think it's just not counting the times I wake up, roll over, and then lay there for 5 or 10 minutes until I fall back asleep. Either way, it's pretty cool. 

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