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8 into the Wall

Ooof, it’s been a long week.  And I have 2 more days of work to get through, wah.  Ok, now 1 since I fell asleep before finishing this last night.

I knew going into this dietary change that the first few weeks were going to be rough.  I just didn’t realize how tired I was going to feel.   This is a new level of tired.   In some ways the adjustment is going easier than I thought but I know it will take a few weeks to figure things out and get in the flow.    I’d like to try to give it some more time before I get into more details, hopefully.  I’m anxious about how it will go over for some reason.IMG_9971

Last week we hit the 90’s a few times and this week we have had some crazy wind going on.  I left work on Wednesday and was treated to 35 mph winds.  Which might be nothing to someone else but is about 16x the normal for around here.    I was glad I wasn’t running until Thursday.   Plus, Thursdays’ run was making me anxious so putting it off was a little bit of denial.    Thursday was the rescheduling of Tuesday’s speed work.   8 miles on tap- 2 mile warm up, 4 miles at half marathon pace, 2 mile cool down.    Say what?!  8 miles mid-week was the first part that made me anxious.  Luckily I had a half day on Thursday, so that was kind of awesome.  As for half marathon pace miles, I have never intentionally set out to run those paces in a run outside of a race.   When I cut back on the speed work in March due to my hamstring issues the only workouts I missed or abbreviated were tempos or intervals.  This was the first time pace miles were on the schedule.   Plus being so tired and basically under-fueled made me nervous.  I am all for running on an empty stomach but it’s been a very light few days- calorie wise.  I wasn’t even sure I could hit those paces right now.IMG_9974

While the idea of lapping the lake numerous times didn’t thrill me, I headed to the lake path after work to get in the miles.    I parked on the backside so  I could have easy access to my car.  I treated it like an aid station.  I left my water in the car and had some string cheese in case I needed a snack.  IMG_9964Mile 1 felt tough but manageable but I was still thinking of only doing an easy 5.    I was feeling better in mile 2 so I decided to stick to the original plan.   Mile 3 felt hard but not too bad, 9:13 wasn’t where I needed to be but it was pretty damn close.   I was trying to not look at my watch while running and just judge by how I felt.  Mile 4 felt similar to 3 but clocked in faster at 8:56.  I was feeling pretty good but had to detour to the restrooms.  Another plus about running at the lake.FullSizeRender (5)Starting mile 5, I was still feeling pretty good and starting to think I was going to pull this off.   Seeing 9:05 when it buzzed was pretty cool.   I was still only looking at my watch when it buzzed the lap splits.    Mile 6 was a whole other story.  I have no idea what happened.  I felt like I was putting out the same effort and running the same pace but I happened to glance at my watch and I saw a 10:00 lap pace.  What?!

I had walked slightly more in the beginning of the mile because I had to dodge around a large crowd of people in the park.   No matter what I did, I just could not get the lap pace down.  I felt like I was running through sand and my legs just wanted to stop moving.  Then as I neared my car again, I noticed a truck parked length wise behind it blocking it in.  What the hell?  I stopped a bit away to see what was going on and instead of hitting pause, I hit the damn lap button.  Ugh.  Turns out the truck was just a city worker replacing the doggie bags in the dispenser.   I then ran on, trying to hit my pace for what I thought was left in that mile.   Didn’t happen.

Pace miles done, all I had left was the cool down.  The rest of mile 7 still felt hard and sluggish.   Mile 8 felt much better.  I had a delusional moment during 8 where I briefly considered trying to run my 12 miler right then.  Luckily sanity kicked in and I finished with 8.     Miles 6 and 7 kicked my ass and I was considering more?  I walked back to my car using the fitness equipment along the way to stretch.

So, I hit pace for 3 of the 4 HMP miles.  Not too bad.  I really wish I would have hit the 4th mile as well but I am still calling it a win.   Now I just have to figure out how to get through a 12 miler this weekend without running into the same wall.  I think I may slow my pace to a crawl to get through it.   Make my goal time on my feet, so even if I have to walk part of it, that’s fine.  But we’ll see how it goes.

What about your weekend?  Long run or race in the plans?

12 mile crawl or solid 8-10?

How is your weather?

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15 thoughts on “8 into the Wall”

  1. I’m about to embark on a super slow 14-miler…longest run for me ever o_O. I am going to have to make it happen since I mapped it out and it happens to line up perfectly with a bathroom pitstop at the usual point my stomach revolts on most runs, and a gas station around the point at which i expect to run out of water.

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  2. Today was a 12 mile long run for me and it ummm crazy humid here by mile 9 my shoes were squishing like sponges lol

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  3. Congrats on getting through, even when you weren’t feeling it. I tend to be more about time/miles on my feet than worrying about pace on my long runs, but I’m also not usually trying to be super speedy during HMs anyway. It’s still an accomplishment for me just to finish.

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  4. Awesome job getting through the 8 miles! Honestly, tempos are my worst runs too. When I start them, I usually wonder how I’m supposed to make it through the whole thing at that pace. Then I typically hit a good groove in the middle, and towards the end it becomes hell to keep pushing through. Tempos are TOUGH STUFF and you will get better and better at them with practice – at least, that’s what I keep telling myself too 😀
    Go for the 12 and see what happens! Sometimes we need a good long slow run to bring the focus and enjoyment back.

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    1. Oh, mile 4 at pace was rough. My next speed workout is mile repeats. They don’t call it that but I can read between the lines. 🙂 The middle is usually the best part of tempo, you almost convince yourself that it’s going to be easier to maintain than you thought.

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  5. Definite win! I’m glad the dietary changes are going better than originally thought. It’s impressive you hit those with the calorie deficit. I’m looking forward to reading about what the food changes consist of.

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