34 miles! My highest mileage week of this training cycle – AND my highest mileage week postpartum. It was daunting on Monday to take my first steps and get going, knowing what I had ahead of me. But I took it day by day, run by run and got through it. Having a lighter week the week earlier really helped. My first run out on Monday was on well rested legs and I killed it! I ran 8 miles with the stroller at a 9:12 avg pace. My goal race pace is 9:08 avg pace. So starting off the week on that note was a HUGE high for me.
Even better was my long run on Saturday, I did 11 miles (solo this time) at a 9:03 avg pace! My mantra for the first half was “slow down”. I kept chanting it to myself over and over. I was so excited to be out and see what I could do, I could feel myself racing faster and faster. So I held myself back as best I could for the first part of the run, but then around miles 6-8 I let myself go for it! I’m hoping to do something similar for the race with maybe a few more pace variations throughout.
2 more weeks until race day! This week coming up I’ve got a slightly lighter mileage load, but still 5 runs. I’ve got a 12 miler planned for Saturday but I want to run that one nice and slow and easy. That is unless this storm/blizzard that’s heading our way pans out. If we get tons of snow I may be struggling to find clear roads to run on! Anyone have a treadmill I can borrow?
3/6: 8 miles
3/7: 6 miles
3/9: 6 miles
3/11: 11 miles
3/12: 3 miles