So it’s 12:38am on Monday morning and I’m sitting here writing this post because, well, I’m still awake. I actually just completed my last run for the week about an hour ago and if you’ve ever run this late at night, you know how hard it is to fall asleep right after. I had every intention of running earlier but the day did not go as planned. I woke up super late (bachelorette party Saturday night…) and so instead of running first thing, I decided to do some paperwork, laundry, cleaning, and errands first. Turns out a lady decided to back into my car at a red light and kind of messed with my “I’ll run before dinner” plans. Spent some time at the Collision Reporting Centre instead. It was frustrating but no one was hurt and there is very little damage to my car…so that’s good.
ANYWAY, I still got to run. It was late but it had to be done and here I am telling you all about it, bringing me to the end of week 2 of Golden Ultra training.
Tuesday: 6 miles @ 8:45 average pace
Wednesday: 5 miles @ 9:14 average pace
Friday: 6 miles @ 8:22 average pace
Saturday: 14 miles @ 9:09 average pace
Sunday: 5 miles @ 9:00 average pace
TOTAL: 36 miles
Thoughts about last week’s training:
- Running outside in the dark at 5am before work trumps the treadmill any day. It also makes me run faster. I live on a major street so there are always a lot of cars and people out, no matter how early or late it is. I’ve always avoided running outside in the early hours but it’s actually pretty awesome as I don’t have to dodge usual pedestrian traffic.
- One gel for a 12 mile run is not enough for me. During a half marathon I am okay eating/drinking nothing but when I am running slower, I feel like I need more fuel. On Saturday I had one GU at mile 7 but for this weekend’s 12-miler I think I will try one GU at mile 5 and another at mile 10.
- If you don’t try to be a hero and blaze through your long runs, your legs actually feel pretty decent the next day. I am so used to resting after double digit runs and didn’t know how my body would hold up running again the next day. It’s really not that bad and my legs felt good to go.
- I was a bit worried for a few days because it felt like I was getting shin splints which I haven’t had to deal with in FOREVER. I just continued to keep my runs at an easy pace and my legs feel perfectly fine now. My guess is that it had something to do with transitioning from the treadmill to outdoor running.
Onto week 3 (hopefully shin splint-free)!
Have a great Monday!