This morning I had 8 miles on my schedule but felt that wasn’t enough so I changed it to a 10 mile run at marathon pace to get a feel for how I’m looking with a 1 mile cool down at the end…because I was farther from home than I planned and not because I enjoy cooling down. I know I should have been trying to hit marathon pace the entire summer but I had so many bad long runs since my injury and today I actually felt good. Let me break it down because this is all confusing to someone who doesn’t do math in her head…
I run a 2 hour half marathon, well last year I did. According to this little calculator based on that race my estimated marathon training pace should be 9:19 miles and my tempo runs should be 8:50… that seems off.
Lets do it again using my usual Monday night 5k fun run…based on a 25 minute 5k my estimated marathon training pace should be 8:58 and tempo at 8:30. Ok, that’s a very small difference but it is much closer to how I feel goal-wise or like what I know I could do if I had hit all my mileage this summer (which I didn’t…fail) and I’m sure that I shouldn’t tempo anything slower than that.
Today, I was basically in between those two estimations which is great. Each of my 10 miles hit between 8:50 and and 9:10 and for the first time in a long time I didn’t bonk or want to die once the entire time. I felt comfortably uncomfortable, and although I wasn’t running as fast as I would have liked it was fast enough to feel happy with the results. The only downside to the entire run was the amount of chaffing I had under my left arm, I must pump it harder or like cross it over my body a bit more and with today’s poor choice of a cotton t-shirt I was left with such bad chaffing that it was actually bleeding by the time I got home. There’s now a Hello Kitty bandaid there so nothing else can touch it till it heals, omg, that was so annoying and stupid painful. I put body glide at my sports bra but not on my arms for some reason, idiot decision! Put it everywhere people.
Only one week till Chicago. I’m nervous, but I can’t wait to hit the expo!! This is quite literally the biggest goal I’ve given myself in many years.