When I was training for the a spring marathon in 2013 I was running higher mileage for the first time ever (well high for me, 40-45 miles a week). My coach had me doing workouts mid-week that ended up being anywhere from 8-13 miles. They were long tempo runs or a handful of 2 mile repeats that helped the distance creep up. I was running strong on tired legs. I was in the best shape of my life (yes, I know I am a broken record).
Since then, I haven’t trained for a marathon and only went through one real training cycle for a half marathon so there was no need to run TOO long on weekends OR anything substantial during the week.
I have a half marathon coming up in two weeks and in order for me to feel confident that I can run the distance (without experiencing pregnancy-related discomfort) I wanted to do at least 3 long runs before the race. This coming weekend was supposed to be my 2nd of the 3 but #HurricaneJoaquin is projected to arrive in NJ this weekend and we are also currently getting a ton of rain from another storm.
On Wednesday night I noticed there will be a rain-free window on Thursday morning so my friend Stephanie and I made plans to do our long run then.
We met at 5:30 AM and ran 9 miles (9:12 avg, net elevation +354 ft). Splits: 9:50, 9:27, 9:09, 9:05, 9:14, 9:05, 8:56, 9:05, 9:01. As with most of my longer runs I felt pretty terrible until Mile 3 but then I felt good for the rest of the run. There was a dark moment during the 7th or 8th mile when we climbed a large hill but isn’t there always?
I hope to do the last long run of 10 miles next week during the week. I am going to Chicago on Saturday October 10th and don’t want to worry about having to do a long run while I am there. I am so excited for the trip. I am going to watch my MIL RUN HER FIRST FREAKING MARATHON! I can barely contain my excitement and pride and will probably be sprinting around the course with Jennie in the Ergo.
My friend Michele is her coach with Saucony 26Strong and will be running by her side for the entire race (and texting me updates, because I am selfish). I’ll report back next week with my spectating plan (almost as important as a race plan if you ask me). If you’re running, please let me know so I can track you!
What are your thoughts on mid-week long runs?
Are you racing or cheering in Chicago next weekend?
Have a nice weekend!