Where in the world did July go? I cannot believe that it's over and tomorrow is August 1st!
Marathon training is in full swing at this point. I just finished week 7. Week 7? Really? I only recapped Week 1 here. Instead of boring you to death, I'm just going to skip ahead to week 7.
I've completely changed my plan and I've decided to mesh Train Like a Mother with Ward's plan. As I was following TLAM's plan, I noticed Ward's plan still hanging by the calendar and thought "why not?".
His plan was rather intense (for me) and called for several 50+ mile weeks. Eeek! I'm not there yet. I will be, but not right now. So I modified it to call for 40+ mile weeks. Let's just call it a happy medium.
His plan also has 5, 20 milers in there. I am going to up the anti a little there and shoot for a few of those to be 21 or 22 milers.
This past Sunday I did run my first 20+ run and ended up with 21.5 miles! I was terribly nervous going into the run knowing my last two long runs, I've had some icky bowel issues and had to stop 3 times for each run to use the woods/porta-potties. Not fun and not how I want to spend my time at MDI. I've come to the conclusion that the reason behind those pottie trips were due fuel. Mostly because the need to go to the bathroom came on immediately after eating my shot bloks or sport beans.
On Sunday, I brought Honey Stingers. They worked for me before and I was hoping that they would work for me again. I would call it a success because I only went to the woods/porta-pottie 2 times (an improvement) and I didn't have to go immediately after eating the Honey Stingers.
I was also nervous because I was running solo. Carrie had already done her 20 miler (actually did 20.5 miles) and Jill was away at her high school reunion.
To sum it up, the run was awesome! My pace was between an 8:50 and 9:08 pace for a majority of the run. I do admit that I did walk 1 hill. Now if you saw the hill, you would completely understand why. It's the same hill Carrie and I walked for our 18 miler. It's super steep and it's about a 1/4 of a mile long. It hurts to walk up the hill. So I chose to refuel and hydrate on the hill. That was my only walking break for the entire run. Yay me.
The best part of the entire run??? When I came into the driveaway and Ward was standing on the steps cheering me on. He really is the best. My legs were cramping up, I was tired. I barely got out "please fill the pool for my ice bath" before he was taking care of me. Yes, I soaked in Izzy's pool (what used to be a sandbox) again. It felt heavenly.
How's your training going? I want to know!