Friday, July 8, 2011

Training - Week 7 - Week 5 of Marathon Training - Thursday - Bix @ 6

What a great night to run! The weather was so much better compared to last week when we ran the Bix @ 6. It was nice to meet up with some people I have not seen all summer. I felt much better during this run. I properly hydrated, had some good carbs in me, and my mind I was running at a much more relaxed pace.

Every single time I run this course I cannot get over the little hurdles and challenges that it brings. This is a tough course. I felt that I really responded well to the hills and climbs on this course and when I finished I was not exhausted. I actually recovered very quickly. This is good because I did not want to go all out being that I have my race Saturday night.

I ended up running 7.26 miles in 56:56 which is a PR for me on this course. This is a good improvement from my best time of 58:19 last year at the race. This is a great confidence booster as it is another sign that my training is working as planned.

My heart rate was pretty standard at 163 which is right around 86% MHR. I know that one thing that caused me some concern was running down Brady St. hill. I could slow my momentum and I was moving a good clip and as a result I think I have a slight groin pull. Nothing too serious, but something to keep an eye on.

My mile splits are signs of where the hills caught up to me.

Mile 1: 8:15
Mile 2: 7:47
Mile 3: 7:40
Mile 4: 8:12
Mile 5: 7:40
Mile 6: 8:08
Mile 7: 7:20

Can you guess where the hills were?

This was the type of run I needed going into the Moonlight Chase tomorrow. I was feeling a little discouraged after my last three mile run and how tired I was knowing I would still have to run another mile at a good clip. This run reminded me that I can do this. I can capture my goal of 27 minutes for 4 miles. It is going to be hot so there are a lot of factors that can influence this race.

I am ready.

I have prepared.

I have been training very well.

I am going to do nothing but accomplish my goal of GETTING IT DONE!

Here is my reminder still staring me in the face. And I think I have decided to put tape over my watch to not know my times. I have decided instead to create a 27 minute playlist for the race. Any song suggestions? I am going to start off with Kid Rock, but have not had time to get past that yet. Throw me some suggestions and I will take a listen and possibly use the songs to help push me to accomplishing this little checkpoint along the way.
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