Spirit of the Marathon
Before I even tell you how my run went today, I want to mention that I watched "Spirit of the Marathon" for the first time on Saturday night. I thought it was a pretty cool movie/documentary because you can really relate to it no matter how serious of a runner you are. It's an interesting story of several runners at different levels of running and how they prepare for and run the Chicago Marathon. I really liked it because I now realize that I am not the only crazy person in the running world! These runners say and do the same kinds of things that I do! If you haven't seen it yet, you should watch it on hulu. I think you will enjoy it! Let me know what you think of it.
Today was a 10 mile day but I decided that I really needed to slow things down a bit because my left shin started acting up again! My goal pace today was 9:00-9:05, which is my goal marathon pace. I really wanted to test myself to see how comfortable I felt with this pace since this is where I would like to be for the Long Beach Marathon in October. I woke up at 5:30am and the weather was looking good. The sun had not come out yet but I knew that it would be out soon enough. I got myself together, fed my dogs, stretched a little bit and headed out the door at 6:15am. The sun was already starting to rise but the 60 degree temperature balanced it out!
After losing another toenail last week, I decided that it was time to retire my Nike's since they had 386 miles on them. This past Saturday, I went to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and purchased a pair of ASICS Gel Kayano 17's. They were on sale for $103.00 and they normally go for $140.00. Great deal, right? Nordstrom has a great return policy so I figured that I could exchange them if they don't work out for me. I bought them in a wide width to allow my toes that extra needed space! I get so bummed out when I lose a toenail because it never seems to grow back right and it's just an ugly sight while it's growing back! I decided to try these out on my run today so I am hoping that I have found a new shoe that works for me.
Back to the run....I ran another one of my local routes today and I tried to change things around so that I don't get too bored. I started out slow and my splits seemed to improve as I got further into my run.
Mile 1: 9:11
Mile 2: 8:50
Mile 3: 8:48
The roads were pretty empty again today and I didn't see a single runner or cyclist today. I am not sure if I was out there too early or too late! I usually see at least one, but not today! I made a small detour today and took the freeway overpass to add some incline to my run. I love looking down on the freeway when I run over it. It's just kind of fun to me! I think I can technically consider this part of my route to be somewhat of a "hill" because I go up and then I come down.
Mile 4: 8:40
Mile 5: 8:40
Mile 6: 8:46
One Hour Mark: 6.80 Miles
|On my way up.....|
|On my way back....|
Mile 8: 8:44
Mile 9: 8:32
Mile 10: 7:52 (My best mile.. I always try to finish it strong!)
My goal pace seemed pretty easy today but that's just ten miles and it's the other 16.2 miles that I have to keep working towards! Next week is a 15 miler and I haven't ran that distance in quite some time, so I am a little nervous about it!
Weekly Running Report
I was scheduled to get 24 miles in this week, but only managed to get 21 done. My left shin was hurting a little on Friday and I made the decision to skip that run in fear of it getting worse. I am getting closer to a 100 mile month with 65 miles done so far! I can't wait for another 100 mile month ..it's been a while!