-- George Eliot
Holy crap. I'm already done with week 3. I think that's the worst thing about marathon training: it makes time fly by. One day you're thinking... awww shit, I gots all kinds of time before the race and then the next week, you're like holy shit, the race is in 3 weeks! It's scary.
Anyway, this week in running, truthfully, kinda sucked. The following was noted in my running log, each describing a run from this week:
Sucky Sucky Sucky.
Fucking sucked ass.
Yay!!!! Marathon training!
Now for the details.
The fast: Repeat of last week. 6 total miles with 3 miles @ 8:45-8:50 pace.
The long: 12 miles.
The total: 45 miles.
So, the tempo run was really, really hard. I managed to run the 3 miles at 8:34, 8:34. and 8:48. But the "sucky sucky sucky" from above came from that run. I just felt like crap.
I did my long run on Friday before I left town and while parts of it felt amazing, parts of it felt awful (mainly all the uphill parts). I went to Percy Warner Park and ran to the 6 mile marker and then turned around and ran back. Surprisingly, I kinda liked that route. (Skipping 9 mile hill always makes for a better run. However, running the backside of 3 mile hill is RIDICULOUS).
On Sunday, I managed to drag my ass out of bed in Lexington and run the most boring out of town run I've ever had. Our hotel was in a weird area and there were very few sidewalks (none along the main road), so instead of running an out-and-back (my favorite run), I had to ziggity zaggity all over a neighborhood.
The arrow is where I had to run off in the woods for a potty break. Ugh.
Week 3 sucked. But, it's over now.
Edited to add: Pay no attention to that elevation profile. I was not running up and down mountains, the scale was ridiculously small, like a total range of 20 ft or something.