Is 70+ too much for me? I chose this plan b/c I felt higher mileage would help me lower my marathon time. I have tried many various plans and made VERY gradual improvements in my time. For some reason, about Thursday of this week I was sick and tired of running. The heat is taking its toll on me. I am sick of sweating and feeling hot. I know, I know, what do I expect in the south. I was able to hit the mileage this past week to a "T", but it wasn't easy. I was dreading this morning's LR of 22 miles. I decided last night to look at the run like my job- sometimes it is really hard, but in the end all the hard work is worth it. My "task" this morning was to take care of my run. I ran the first 10 in the dark and had an 7:57 average. I got KIND OF into it after mile 10 and decided to push the pace just a tad. I held on pretty well until mile 19 when the sun really decided to beam down on me. This is also when I was no longer in shade and had no beverages left. I actually stopped where a woman was watering her plants and asked her for a sip of hose water. Nasty, I know, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I finished out the run w/ a 7:47 pace. Not even close to where I need to be for a sub-3. I was discouraged with my pace, but relieved the run was over. I have many thoughts running through my head right now, mostly questions.
1. Is my loser attitude being caused by too many miles? 87 a week IS a lot.
2. Was my LR time crappy b/c of too many miles or weather conditions? 76 degrees w/ 93% humidity (who knows what is was at the finish)
3. Do I need to revise my training plan and stray from Pfitz 70+?
All of this going on in my head along with the start of school. I will have 19 babies this year. My room is almost ready, just some minor housekeeping things to take care of. I'm getting excited!
Week in review:
7/28: 16 w/ no Garmin
7/29: A.M. 6 miles @ 8:21 pace; P.M. 4 miles @ 8:00 pace
7/30: 15 miles @ 7:33 pace
7/31: A.M. 6 miles (no garmin); P.M. 4 miles (no garmin)
8/1: 12 miles on TM; 1st 6 @ 7:30 pace, 2nd 6 @ 6:29
8/2: 8 miles easy (no garmin)
8/3: 22 miles @ 7:47 pace
Total: 93 miles (Monday's run was switched from last week.)