20 miler: check! Peak week is in the books! I had a really fun run this weekend down in San Jose on the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Zach came along on his bike and kept me company and carried my water and snacks and a camera. I felt really strong the whole time and didn't have any major pains or issues with my sore foot (see previous post). I did develop a monster blister on my pinky toe, but it's healing up already.
I've run the Los Gatos Creek Trail as my 20 miler every time I've trained for a marathon, making this my 5th time out there. During my last training cycle I looked up all my previous times for the 20 mile distance (here and other routes) - here is a LINK to that post. This weekend I ran the distance nearly 5 minutes faster than ever before (in training). I was hoping I'd break 3 hours (a 9:00 pace) but tried not to think about that as I ran an easy, comfortable pace for as long as possible. When it started to hurt- just that general aching you get after running for hours- I picked up the pace. I'm super psyched about my performance and I'm convinced that I'm a better and faster runner than ever. This has been a hard week, and I've been tired and a little sore, but I'm a hard worker and I'm determined and I just friggin love to run. These things will get me through my training and through my marathon and through many more years of kicking ass.
I should mention I also I watched Rocky today, and just watched the Red Sox win the World Series (I am a bandwagon fan) so I'm pretty pumped in general. :) Go me, go Rocky, go Red Sox.
I won't post my individual mile splits, but here's a summary in 5 mile increments:
First 5 miles: 46:01 (9:12 average pace)
Second 5 miles: 45:29 (9:06 average pace)
Third 5 miles: 44:50 (8:58 average pace)
Last 5 miles: 41:36 (8:19 average pace)
And finally, some Halloween shots :) At the pumpkin patch last week, and the jack o' lanterns that we just carved tonight (mine is on left, Zach's is on right).
Today I dropped Zach off in downtown Pleasanton for a group bike ride and then went to the pool for a recovery swim. I did 1000 meters - 250 freestyle, 500 pulling only, 250 freestyle. It was good to get two swims in this week.
TOTAL miles for the week: 55 (yipee!)
PLUS: 1500 m swim :)
Happy Halloween everyone!