I’m shopping around for a hotel right now as we speak and wondering if it might be cheaper for me to just sleep under the boardwalk. 55 more days!!
Week 10 Grade: A
I’m so happy with how this week went because I wasn’t expecting anything great at all. The temperatures tanked again and pretty much every morning featured single digits, including Saturday for my long run. I anticipated a lot of time on the treadmill. I was right about that part.
Monday, February 23: 6am Body Pump for the first time in weeks. I made sure to lighten up my squat weight a little bit (still taking care of that hammy), but this was a good class. In the evening I went to yoga at Ojas Wellness Center. It was a new-to-me studio for this sort of thing, but not surprisingly the class was great. I rarely meet a yoga class I don’t love.
Tuesday, February 24: 4 miles on the mill. This would kick off a week of really super-feeling runs; it was nice to push my speed a little bit because I haven’t been doing as much of that lately.
Wednesday, February 25: 8 miles…all smiles. I wore my new compression socks for the first time and my legs felt amazing after this run. (That giveaway is still going on btw! It ends tomorrow night!)
I’m thinking the Boost 2 might be my marathon shoe (I’m also loving my Speedform Gemini, but they seem to treat my feet better for short distances). I went back to Ojas for yoga in the evening and the teacher was so great. She gave me the nicest compliments on my practice after class was over and made me feel so good about myself.
Thursday, February 26: 4 miles that I intended to be slow but I was feeling peppy so I sped it up a little at the end. I don’t know what was so different between last week and this week on the treadmill, but I sure needed a little confidence boost.
Friday February 27: Rest day and my wedding anniversary! By this time I was so stressed out about my long run that it was hard to relax. As I saw it, I had a couple choices:
- Run the whole thing GD outside in negative degree windchills, starting before 5am to get it all in. Or….
- Go to the gym right when it opened (6 am) and get as much of the run knocked out as I could before having to rush home so Mr. Salt could get to work. Then figure out a time later on in the day when I could go back and finish up.
At any other time moving the run to Sunday would have been a good option too, but with all the anniversary celebrating in the plans for Saturday night I didn’t want to have to think about running long the next day. I had never split a long run before and I really didn’t want to do it, but then I started reading around online and found some good arguments in favor of doing this occasionally and the benefits involved. Friday night I went to bed comfortable in my decision.
Saturday, February 28: 17 miles. As planned, I arrived to the gym at 6am and promptly lost track of my headphones, took 10 minutes to find them, and then finally got my butt on the treadmill by quarter after. I wanted to try to get 12 in before having to head back to the house and I already didn’t have as much breathing room as I would have liked.
Luckily the 12 mile portion of my long run went better than I thought it would. I knocked it out in 1:39:00 on the dot (8:15 pace) and was home in plenty of time for Mr. Salt to be on his way to work.
My gym has a pretty cool child care center and a couple hours later I headed back to the gym with Betty so I could kick out the last 5 miles. They were showing Tangled so she was a happy camper. This time I was sure I was going to have to take it easy. My legs would obviously be ragged out from earlier, right? This ended up not being the case. I finished up my 5 miles in 39:44 (7:56 pace). Runner’s high hit me like a truck. I hadn’t felt this good since running in Florida.
Sunday, March 1: Wheeeeeeeeeeee it’s MARCH! Springtime is almost here! Mother Nature decided to celebrate by dumping a whole bunch of ice on us.
I hate her.
I managed to get to the gym to jump on the Arc trainer and bike for an hour before driving 2MPH home and hiding in the house for the rest of the day. Good thing Hal suggests rest days on Monday because whether I want to or not, I’m taking one. (Everything is closed. UGH.)
Week 10 Mileage: 33
It is my hope that I will actually be able to abandon the treadmill this week. Morning temperatures are looking like they will be in the 20’s and I’m getting pretty anxious about making the transition back out there. And as much as splitting up the 17 miler worked out, I really don’t want to do it with the 18. I can’t believe I am under two months out from this race.
Have you ever split up a long run?
I hope everyone had a great weekend!