Friday 10.0 miles/1:21:24/8:09 average pace
My Goal Marathon Pace run was tough this morning. Ugggh. My legs felt heavy, I was breathing hard, and I had a side cramp practically the whole time. And it was mentally tough, because as I struggled I was thinking all kind of negative thoughts about the marathon. Like telling myself I can't hold that kind of pace for 26 miles. I know that's not true, I know I CAN do it, but blech.
Every run this week was kinda blah for me, I just was not into it. So I'm not surprised this run kind of sucked and wiped me out. But I am really proud that I did it, and that I kept such a strong pace, no matter how hard it felt!!
So to counter all the negative thoughts, here are some positive ones: I am in week 10 of the hardest training I've ever done, and this week is only a few miles shorter than previous weeks. The taper officially begins NEXT week. So I am as exhausted and worn out as I will be. I will spend the next two weeks recovering and my body will get stronger and stronger with that recovery. I have 10 weeks of hard core training to look back on and feel good about. I have KICKED ASS!!!!!!!!!! Even if I don't run the marathon, I am so proud of myself. I never thought I could run 50 miles a week, let alone do it 6 weeks in a row or whatever. I was so intimidated by this program before I started. I really had my doubts. But I did it! I have completely exceeded my expectations. I rock. I know I have doubts about my marathon, but that's just how I work. Deep down, I know I will rock it. I know that in the next couple of years I will run a marathon in 3:30, maybe faster. This is nothing.