My goal this week was to get back on track! So many things have happened in the past week that I felt run down and so unmotivated. I wanted to get out of that mode because it was getting worse by the day. After my Monday run, I felt refreshed and ready to make this week a better week.
Running takes me to another place so I think I just needed to run to think and clear my mind. It was not so much about pace this week, it was just getting out there and that feeling that I get inside when I run. I always feel better after a good run. I am thankful that I have found this outlet to take me away from it all when I need that break.
Monday: 7 Miles on the Treadmill @8:58 pace. I really had to drag myself to the gym. I was feeling bad about having a super low mileage week so I knew that I had to get there and just run. I did not care about the pace. I just needed to run to clear my mind.
Wednesday: 7.06 Miles on the treadmill @8:29 pace.
Thursday: REST DAY
Friday: 7.55 Miles@9:35 pace. I ran with my other half as he is training for his first half marathon. We dedicated our run to RUN EMZ who set out to run 100 miles in 24 hours to raise money for children in India! The woman is not only an incredible runner but an amazing person with a HUGE HEART!
Saturday: REST DAY
Sunday: 10.5 Miles @ 8:12 pace. I ran the first five miles easy and then ran the last 5 miles hard (8:03, 7:46, 7:38, 7:21 and 7:08.) As I was turning the corner to head home, my son was waiting in the front yard holding a sign that said "Stop." He made me smile.
TOTAL MILES: 32.43 Miles I actually ran 4 times this week which is almost unheard of. I usually run three times a week since that is pretty much all that I have time for. I woke up early on Sunday and decided that I might as well go for a run. It should have been a cross training day but oh well!
In other news, I have been seriously considering running the Long Beach Marathon on October 13th. I ran this marathon back in 2011 and it was not the greatest race. I said I would be back for redemption so I am going to give it another shot. I will attempt to beat my 2011 time of 4:05:35. My training has not been aimed at any particular marathon pace, in fact my pace has been a lot slower since I have been helping my other half train for his half marathon. I am not sure if I will have it in me but I am going to try to get out there and run it anyway.
The marathon starts at 6:00 am this year which will be a big plus for me. It normally starts at 7:00 am and ends up being pretty warm at the finish. I love early starts so that I can beat the heat and be done for the day. Long Beach is my last race in the Beach Cities Challenge series so I am pretty excited! Remember this monstrous medal that I have been wanting for the past few years? I think it will be fun to end the series with a bang by running the full marathon since I opted to run the half marathons for the first two races in the series.