This weekend was my ‘peak’ weekend for training for Ragnar… and the Dick’s Pittsburgh Half Marathon. Both are going to be here before I blink, and this was the last real weekend I had time to dedicate to running completely. Also, B was working so I knew I had time to get it done on my own schedule.
It started off on Saturday when I ran 9 miles in the morning. I was pretty exhausted afterwords, but I ran pain free and kept about a 9:00 pace. I also worked out in the gym for an hour doing pretty heavy weights and mostly arm workouts. In order to train for Ragnar, I knew I was going to be running that evening and I just wanted to get in as far as I could go along with some hills. I traveled out and felt surprisingly great! I ran 5 miles and had an 8:55 average pace AND ran pretty solid hill repeats. I was excited that I felt so great even after a long run in the morning.
Sunday morning came around and when I woke up I was SO sore. I could barely put my sports bra on… Awesome! My legs were feeling it too, but I got up and ran 2 miles just to shake it out and get the blood flowing again. It was definitely difficult, but when I got home I was so glad I did get it done because it made me more confident for Rangar.
It’s also going to be interesting to see what pace I keep in a ‘race like’ situation for Ragnar as I plan ahead for Pittsburgh too. I am hoping to keep around a 9:00 mile pace in Pittsburgh and about an 8:30-9:00 pace for Ragnar, fingers crossed. Because they are both getting real and quick.
I finally am starting to feel like I know what I’m doing when I run and am feeling comfortable out there again. For so long I felt like every run was a struggle, it wasn’t fun, I wasn’t enjoying it, and it was so painful afterward to the point where I would be scared to run again. This feeling of accomplishment is starting to stick and I’m really starting to enjoy it again.