I am proud to announce that I went running outside today!!!! Yippee, that is so much nicer that running on the treadmill. 15 miles . These defiantly were not the prettiest 15 miles but overall I really cant complain. I ran / walked the entire thing, not sure why but I decided that I was going to take that approach for this one (since 15 miles in starting to cross into the crazy mileage). When I left the house my goal was 2:30, that is slower than I have been running on the treadmill but really that is my marathon pace goal. I would LOVE to finish the marathon with a 10min/ mile avg.
Everything was going great. I was holding just under a 10 min/ mile avg coming in mile 10. THEN things slowed down a bit. I started to get hip pain in my left side (the same pain I got on my 12 miler) and then I got a crazy shooting pain through my left knee. Now having had an IT injury before, I immediately stopped running and started walking for a bit. Not sure what that pain was about because after a short walk I resumed running the knee pain was gone; hip pain was still there but the knee pain went away. At about mile 13 I was losing steam really fast, I was really hungry ( realized fueling on pizza and milk shakes last night was not the best thing; of course I should know this as it is Marathon #3) . I pushed on though, only 2 miles to go. As I said I wanted to finish no later than 2:30, and I finished in EXACTLY 2:30. Little disappointed even though that was the goal I set out with but at the same time I know that I can run it faster.
Sometimes though we cant be disspointed, we have to see how far that we have come. So tring to console myself I got out my running journal to see what I wrote the last 2 times I ran this training run Here is what it said :
* This was training for the Chicago 09 Marathon- ran in 1/2 mile clips until last 2 miles ran in 1/4 miles. Overall happy with run finished in 2:45
* This was last year training for the Chicago 10 Marathon- Ran whole thing except for stopping at water stations (that we had stationed at 1.5, 4.25, 7.5, 9 and 11.5) Gave it everything I had and finished at 2:29
So looking at it now, this time around I should be ecstatic because I took a lot of walking breaks, wouldn't necessary say I gave it my all and finished in 2:30 . Plus hey, I ran 15 miles this morning !!!!! It was cold out- I never warmed up enough to even take my gloves off, but it was so nice to be outside.
29 miles in this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have a Super Sunday!!!!!!