Today I made the drive out toward Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island to get in my marathon training long run. If you are every visiting Charleston this is a great place for a long run – tons of sidewalks, beautiful beach houses, and gorgeous views.
I headed out there because I was craving a change of scenery and because, unlike running near my house, I couldn’t head home early. I knew that once I was out over the bridges I would have to run back to my car because there’d be no other way back. I liked the idea of not having any way to shortcut this run because last week was a bit tough. The weather cooperated wonderful. It was raining when I woke up, but I slept in an extra hour so I missed the downpour. It was supposed to rain all day, so I came prepared with my running rain coat, but even though the skies were dark the rain held off. It was actually pretty perfect not to have the sun beating down on me since it was close to 70 degrees today.
Miles 1 – 4 were very tough. My body just did not seem to want to move, but I stuck it out and by mile 5 I started to feel much better. I was able to pick up a bit of speed and enjoy the run. Around the halfway point my sore feet and tight ankles started bothering me, but since it was just a training run I stopped and stretched them out and they felt much better. After that the miles ticked by pretty quickly. I was enjoying the run, the weather, and the scenery when suddenly 10 turned into 15 and I was getting close to done. I was so excited about being almost done that I didn’t even realize I was picking up speed. When mile 16 came in a bit faster than the others I knew I could kick it a bit and finish strong.I was really happy with this run compared to last week.
Last week I ran 16 miles with a 12:17 average and it felt rough!
This week I added 2 miles, took off 40 seconds a mile, cut negative splits at the end, and felt good!
It was a wonderful confidence boost after many rough, painful weeks.
What does this mean for New Orleans?
Well my current plan is to run the full; however, I may be stopping and taking some (multiple) stretch breaks during the race. I am keeping in mind that the half splits off at mile 12, so if the pain is really bad I can turn and finish the half instead. After New Orleans I have no races planned and will be upping my cross training and strength workouts and really lowering my running mileage to try to get healthy and be able to run injury free.
How were your workouts this weekend?