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This week I ran 67.9 miles, which beats out last week's 66.7 as my new biggest mileage week! I may or may not exceed it this week, but if I do it won't be by much. And then comes taper. HOORAY.

Monday - 8.2 miles at 8:40 average pace. I started out easy, threw in some strides, and then just got 'velocitized', as my friend Barb calls it, and maintained a faster pace with no difficulty and a nice, low heart rate.

Tuesday - 12.4 miles as easy, easy with strides, 7 miles at GMP (7:43, 7:45, 7:44, 7:43, 7:40, 7:49, 7:59), and easy home. Because of a conference call I had to be in on I couldn't run until the afternoon, so it was quite windy, and the last miles had uphill into the wind, which, ugh. At least, that's my excuse for the blow-up. Overall was 8:11 pace.

Wednesday - 8.1 trail 11:00 pace, very low HR for this somewhat fast trail pace.

Thursday - 10.5 hilly miles, easy uphill and a little harder downhill, averaging 8:56.

Friday - 6.2 trail 10:57 pace.

Saturday - 16.1 that was intended to be 4 easy / 4 harder / 4 MP / 1 HMP / easy, but the wind kicked up and I still haven't figured out how to choose the proper route to run such that the second half is not into the wind. First 4 averaged 8:44, next 4 averaged 8:04; then I turned around. Mile 9 was 7:51 (aiming at 7:45) and it was HARD going into the wind. Mile 10 was 8:03. I gave myself permission to just run 8:00-8:15 but I couldn't even make that and mile 11 was 8:17. Also, I was getting sore (see next paragraph). At that point I gave up, dispirited, and just jogged home. The last 5 miles averaged 9:17. Average for the 16 was 8:38 pace.

I think part of the problem was that I was wearing my Saucony Kinvaras, which are light and not very cushioned. I wear them typically for speedwork, and for racing half marathon and shorter distances, but I wanted to do a longer run to see how they held up, with the idea of wearing them for the marathon...the answer is clearly NO. My feet were aching badly, and my legs were really sore. They were sore the rest of the day - I felt worse than I did after last weekend's 20 - and I could not stay awake past 9:30 that night. A tough run!

(And on the subject of shoes - my most recent marathon was in the Mizuno Elixir, but this shoe has been discontinued now, and although I have two pairs, one unused, they are both a half-size smaller than my usual size, and I'm concerned about running that long a run in them. I will probably wear a pair of Brooks Pure Flow 2 shoes, which I have just started using this cycle but like a lot. I have been running most of my LRs in them.)

Sunday - an easy 6.4, first part with Britt. I had an idea of throwing in some strides but it felt awful, and I quickly realized I was in need of an easy-easy run. 9:05 average pace.

Saturday's run has me second-guessing my marathon goal, a bit. Though in the past, I have also had difficulty with running GMP other than in the taper, so I'm not too concerned. Just a little. We'll see how the next few weeks go.

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Date: 2013-11-11 08:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ell
I ran my last marathon in the Brooks pure flows. And the marathon at Ironman this year. The standalone marathon went great in them, but the Ironman run my feet were hurting and tired almost from the start and I was wishing for more cushioning with every step. Which might have had something to do with having had my feet stuffed into damp bike shoes for the 7 hours prior to the run...

Anyway, love the term velocitized!

(ah, but I'm still running in pure flow 1. I stocked up on an extra pair before they disappeared. Not sure about the pure flow 2 yet. Tried them on in the store and the fit's not as good even though it's supposed to be the same last...)
Edited (last year's shoes) Date: 2013-11-11 08:43 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2013-11-12 12:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meri_oddities
I always find your training posts so interesting, especially the pacing. You do so many more miles than most of the people I run with (myself included). My best week was about 51 miles this season.

I'm looking forward to see how all this training pays off for you at CIM.

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Date: 2013-11-12 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meri_oddities
No one would do this if they didn't like to run. :-)

Of course, part of my (and my pace group's) problem is that doing so many miles takes time when you're doing them at an 11:00 pace rather than a 7:30 pace. Most of my pace group PR'd this season. Except me. I have been having a real issue with calf cramps between 15-20. I am thinking of seeing a physical therapist about it.

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Date: 2013-11-12 06:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meri_oddities
Sent you an email.

Forgot to mention that my 1/2 pace is actually my marathon pace. I haven't run enough 1/2's to rally know how to pace it correctly.

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Date: 2013-11-13 08:02 am (UTC)
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I get to go to bed knowing you have me doubled in MPW!
You have been putting in some seriously hard work, and very good quality distance, Ilana. All you need now is to just absorb it a bit and be ready to bounce along on race day.

I have worn both the PF1 and PF2. I didn't care much for either! The PF1 felt better... I still only wear the PF2 on occasion, and mostly just for dressing up for town :) The outside edge feels funny on my foot. What I would wear for the marathon would be the Ghosts- if I were running one (as a neutral).

Anyhow, get some comfy shoes and don't second guess yourself. Your runs are looking good, and the HR is too.

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Date: 2013-11-13 12:32 pm (UTC)
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Don't let one bad run get you've got this!

I was running in the Kinvaras last year while training for the CB 10 Miler and they worked really well, but I had to upgrade to a cushy-er shoe for marathon training. The Kinvaras are nice and light, but really too light for long runs like that!


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5K: 21:03 (downhill) 21:43 (loop)
10K: 43:06 (downhill)
10M: 1:12:59
13.1M: 1:35:55
26.2M: 3:23:31

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