Kelly the Culinarian: Training Tuesday: Last Long Run Week

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Training Tuesday: Last Long Run Week

Last week was a step-back week in my training plan, and I had a great 12-mile run.  It was refreshing to experience some cooler weather and a run that didn't feel like a death march. It helped my confidence, too, which is great since this weekend will be my last long run.

Therefore, my mid-week runs are shorter. I had a five-mile run yesterday and a five-mile pace run this morning, which thanks to the cooler temps, I was able to execute as prescribed for the first time in weeks.  It was exhilarating!

So for this weekend's 20 miler, I'm meeting Kim again in a new location to knock this out. She's training for a 50K (31-mile) race, so she'll be completing 26 miles. What a brave gal.

At this point, I'm completely confident that I can complete the marathon.  My hip is bothering me big time for no particular reason, but I'm sure I can rest/foam roll/ice it out.  Oddly, my left hip was bothering me after the Heatbreaker Indoor Half, and now it's the right hip that's clicking and sticking.  Really attractive, I know.

The question is, how long is this marathon going to take me? At the beginning of the summer, my goal was to finish in four hours. Now, I think that might be a little out of my reach. According to the McMillan Calculator, it will take me anywhere from 3:55:17 (based on my 10K time) to 4:04 (based on my most recent half). But let's not get crazy.

This week's motto: Get it done.


Erin said...

I'm sure you've heard it 1,000 times, but I'll say it again. For your first marathon do not worry about time. You have no idea what your mind and body will do to you at mile 20 (or earlier). You might be fine or you might have some demons to fight. You never know and it's better to not have a time hanging over your head.

Kim said...

Ditto what Erin said. Don't get so caught up with a time that you will not enjoy the experience if you don't make that time. Running a 9:10 mm pace for a HM is a lot easier than for a full, imho.

And after that bitchy comment... I am looking forward to doing our last long runs together (I think I do 20 next week though; ugh). I did see the weather is not predicted to get in to the 80s. MEH. ;)