The good news –
Yea, don’t think I’ve ever been happier about a $255 charge on my card. I got into the NYC Marathon on my second year attempt! Although this will be my most expensive race.
The nervous news –
I’m not more nervous than excited after reading the description of my spartan race.
“3-4 miles with 25 obstacles including a few new surprises. Extremely steep, this course winds up, down, across, and back on this monolithic mountain, giving racers the most challenging sprint in NY Tri-state history.”
I’m pretty sure I’m going to die. How did I go from 3 miles with 12 obstacles to 3-4 with 25! Oy.
And now for last week’s training summary because I don’t have my Run to Remember race recap yet.
Monday – Rest!
Tuesday – 8 Miles
Don’t know how but I got myself into a fast run. I guess that’s the magic of rest days. 8 minute miles on incline 2 on the evil work treadmill.
Wednesday – 13.1 Miles
7 Miles for an hour on incline 3, 8:30 pace. 6.1 after work. My 6.1 miler felt sluggish and awful. Got down to 7:58 pace on a path I know I could hit 7:30 or lower on.
Thursday – Rest
It was raining, I was lazy, and the run just never happened.
Friday – 5 Miles
This is probably where I went wrong in my taper. I was tapering like I would for a full marathon, another mistake but I didn’t want to give up too many miles. And even then I did 1 mile too long. I should have stopped at 30 minutes but the running felt comfortable that I went for an extra mile. Ran 5 miles at about 7:50 pace on incline 2. That was one of my fastest run on my work treadmill.
Saturday – 2 Miles
Testings out my legs, did 2 miles in 14 minutes and felt great!
Sunday – 27 Miles
The first 13.1 miles was the Run To Remember. I’ll have a full race recap but because although a PR for me, it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Disappointed a little but I’m okay because there will be more races. After taking a nap, watching some Arrested Development and cuddling with the cat, I finally got enough energy to go for a second run. I still felt too time constrained for the trails so instead I stuck to the familiarity of the roads. Ran 12 miles on pavement at about 8:40 pace, took a small drink break and then finished with 2 more on my treadmill. I got tired of looking at concrete so I figured the spiderwebs in my basement made a great change of scenery.
Total Miles – 55.2
Total Feelings – It was nice to have a break!