St. Jude Marathon Training: Week 9

Planned                                           Actual
Monday:  Rest                                 Monday:  Rest
Tuesday:  4                                      Tuesday:  Rest
Wednesday:  7                                 Wednesday:  7 @ 10:17
Thursday:  4                                     Thursday:  Rest
Friday:  Rest                                     Friday:  8.5 @ 11:19
Saturday:  Rest                                 Saturday:  Rest
Sunday:  Half-Marathon                    Sunday:  12 miles @ 11:39
Total:  28.1 miles                              Total:  27.5 miles

First of all, can I get a WOOT WOOT for a monthly personal distance record?!  Previous record was 100.1 miles in October of 2010.  This month ended at 112.5.  Yeehaw!

Okay, moving on.

I didn’t run Tuesday.  After a long two days of interviews, I was wiped out.

I planned to take Wednesday’s 7 slow and easy, but it ended up being faster than I intended.  The funny thing is I didn’t even realize it until I was done.  I didn’t have my contacts in and it was dark out, so I couldn’t even see my Garmin.  Or much of anything else, for that matter.  Not an ideal running situation for a girl that trips over a crack in the sidewalk in broad daylight.  Anyway, when I got back in the truck and put my glasses on, I was stoked to see the pace that I had just run at such a low exertion level.  Hellloooooo fall!!!!!!  (And this is just with it cooling down into the 70s!  I run my best in temps under 50!)

Thursday was an exciting day, but it was after 7:00 by the time I got home, and I was starving, so I didn’t run again.

On Friday afternoon I just couldn’t stand the fact that I had missed 8 miles this week, so I decided to go for an easy 8-mile run.  And then I looked at my monthly mileage.  It was 92.  Eight miles would put me at 100 miles flat.  With a previous personal distance record of 100.1 miles.  Aw HELL naw.   I’ll be DAMNED if I was gonna run anything less than 8.2!!!  A super slow, super easy 8.5 miles put me at 100.5 for the month.  I was all smiles the whole run because I knew I was in the process of setting a new PDR.  I was also still basking in some very awesome news!

Sunday… oh, Sunday.  The absolute BEST thing I can say about Sunday’s long run is I found a dime on the sidewalk.  I’m not even going to try to make excuses for this one.  It’s completely my fault.  D and I went out for a celebratory dinner and drinks Saturday night.  I know better than to drink the night before a long run, but you know what?  Training runs are a dime a dozen.  I’ll run again next week, but I’ll only have this reason to celebrate once!  Wine trumped long run this week.  I’m not sorry.

6 thoughts on “St. Jude Marathon Training: Week 9

  1. Ha ha! I think Sunday's less than stellar run was worth the celebration.

    One of the reasons I love to run in the dark is because I cannot see my pace. Sometimes that is very good!

    Congrats on the new monthly PDR!!!


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