Please accept my sincere apologies with the sporadic blogging. I’ve been busy — but mostly I’ve been absent because my computer died on Sunday night. I should have known better to try and install OS X. No worries, Old Faithful will be back in my hands tomorrow.
Since I last posted, I have logged two long runs — I did 14 miles last Monday morning, and 20 this Monday, and both were fantastic. I wanted to share a few aspects of what made them so great.
First, I love running on Monday mornings. For me, it is mentally easier to kick off the week with a long run, rather than have it looming over me all week. Also, it’s nice to be able to
stay up later drink more IPAs on Friday and Saturday nights.
I also realized that NOT doing a straight out-and back run helps immensely. For my 14-miler, I ran 8.5 miles out along Wilshire, came back 5.5, and then hopped on the metro the last 3. It was so much more entertaining because I had that many more new, fun things to keep me entertained.
A little bit after mile 6 I stopped at LACMA’s Urban Light exhibit…
My turn around point was Wilshire and Santa Monica, where I snapped this pic: This run was relaxed and relatively speedy — I felt fine and could have kept going. When I stopped at Mile 14, I hit up a 7-11 for a big bottle of water before hopping on the metro to take me from K-Town back to DTLA.
I carried what I’ve been learning from these training runs into my 20 miler this week. I mapped out a 20 mile route that my #DTLARunning group had done a couple of weeks ago. Luckily, my mom had the morning free and was going to be in LA, and offered to give me a ride from Santa Monica when I finished back to my apartment so I could shower and get ready for my 1:10 p.m. class. I started downtown around 7:15 and took my time. Most of the morning was spent along Sunset and Hollywood Blvd., and then I took Wilshire through Beverly Hills and Westwood, crossed the 405, and ended up in Brentwood for a few miles before ending up in Santa Monica (Wilshire and 26th).
I packed Clif Bloks (in Margarita flavor, duh) and took 3 of them every 5 miles (I took the last 3 at mile 18).
Surprisingly, my favorite place to run was in Hollywood, on Hollywood. There was NO ONE on the street or the sidewalk at that hour, and I occupied myself reading all of the different names on the stars I passed. I took this shot around mile 9:
At Mile 10, I found a 7-11, bought a water, fiddled with my iPhone, and took some Clif Bloks before I headed back out.
I cruised along and took water around mile 14 again at some drinking fountains in Beverly Hills.
The run just sort of zipped along — it did NOT feel like I had spent about 2 hours and 40 minutes running. As my run started clipping into the ‘teens, I kept thinking — there’s no way this is mile 16, maybe I’m only at mile 6? And then I realized that I was in Westwood which is WAY more than 6 miles from DTLA.
I was surprised at how great I felt. The combination of dressing smartly, taking a couple of salt pills, wearing Thirty48 socks and compression sleeves (love!) and being smart about fueling made this a great and enjoyable run.
I was also impressed by my pace — I kept an 8:13 average for the first 10 and a 7:57 average for the second 10. Negative splits are HUGE for me and would be amazing to accomplish on marathon day — so I like the idea of starting out slow, warming up, and easing into BQ pace. At the end, I felt tired (duh!) but not SUPER fatigued. I felt sore, but not debilitated. And I felt like I could have kept going, if I had to.
I am pumped about where I’m at with my training and I’m looking forward to March 9th! From here on out it’s focusing on maintenance, injury prevention (read: yoga on yoga on yoga) and making sure I’m good to go for race day.
[Thanks again for being my shuttle, mom!]
When’s your next race?
Do you have any training strategies?