Yeah, so I'm kind of in a weird place right now.
This morning I got up for my 8 mile marathon pace run. I checked my mcmillan printout before heading out the door, to see what I was supposed to be averaging... and I was a little dumbfounded when I saw it said: 9:08.
Ummm... I ran my last long run of 14.4 miles at about 8:45/8:50ish.
The 12 miler the week before? Ohhhh about 9:15.
I threw out mcmillan's guidelines and just ran normal... checking my pace every so often and making sure I wasn't running too slow or too fast. I finished with an 8:50 average and feel like that was about a 7.5 on the effort scale.
I don't know whats going on with me. I honestly have no idea what my marathon goal time should be. And I'm not really worrying about it yet. In my upcoming half marathons, I should be able to crush 2:00 no problem (barring no freakish incidents), so I guess I'll use those as barometers.
I'm so freaking ready for that first half marathon. I dont want to wait two more weeks!!!
Side bar: So, the songs on my running playlist are just... OLD. I mean, I'm seriously sick of them, I gotta get some new tunes... but anyway, so lately, I've just been letting it shuffle all the songs on my ipod, which includes a lot of my chillin' on an airplane music... like Iron and Wine and The National and The Frames, and whatnot... well... I've also got the motown #1s on there and I don't know why I've never put some of those songs on my running playlist... but this morning... I heard:
"Heard it through the grapevine" Marvin Gaye
"Where did our Love go?" The Supremes
DUDE. How did I NEVER think of putting these songs on my running playlist??? I mean... Yes, I regularly dance around my living room singing these songs... but, run to them??? Brilliant! It's time I update my playlist for sure. I'm open to suggestions...