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Saturday, December 19, 2009

taper time

This morning I completed my last long run before my marathon and a half. Hooray!

I'll come back to that ... it seems I've been slacking on my run updates again. Looks like the last report I gave was a month ago so I'll just pick up where I left off.

Week 11
Tuesday: 6
Thursday: 5
Saturday: 10
Sunday: 12
Total: 33 miles

Our plan originally had us scheduled for 20 on that Sunday, but we decided two long-run weeks in a row was a bad idea so we dropped our mileage. We actually had a 10K that day. After finishing, we basically ran the course again!

Week 12
Tuesday: 4.25
Thursday: 7 (Thanksgiving Day 10K -- plus a little extra running to/from my car)
Saturday: 5
Sunday: 12.5
Total: 28.75 miles

Week 13
Tuesday: 5
Saturday: 10
Sunday: 20
Total: 35 miles

Week 13 was a bit challenging! On Saturday we started running in the rain, which turned to snow a few miles in. It was colder than we expected so we were a little underdressed, and it was pretty miserable being wet in the snow! But the miles went by quickly somehow.

Sunday that week was sunny, but we had some weather-related issues from the day before. We had some obstacles on the trail -- aside from the snow and ice, we had to crawl under the bamboo that had drooped from the weight of the snow. It was only a couple inches, but it was a wet snow! See photos over here. The first half went by very slowly, but by the time we turned around, most of the ice had melted and the bamboo popped back up.

Week 14
Wednesday: 4.25
Saturday: 6
Sunday: 12
Total: 22.25

It was tough fitting in weekday mileage Week 14. I sing in a community chorus, and we were rehearsing or performing every night. I ended up hitting the treadmill at 10:45 p.m. after rehearsal Wednesday night. I couldn't let it go until the weekend!

On that Sunday, we added mileage before a 15K race (9.3 miles) on another cold and rainy day. I ran it straight out despite having been doing Galloway run/walk for all of my long runs during this marathon training. I was pleasantly surprised to average 9:35/mile, beating last year's time by nearly five minutes!

Week 15
Tuesday: 3
Friday: 11
Saturday (today): 20.1
Total: 34.1 miles

We had to get creative this week. We had a quick caroling gig at a holiday party on Tuesday night. The party was close to my running partner's house, so we ran from there when we were done singing. Legs were a little tired from Sunday -- it was not only faster than I'm used to. It was hilly!

We had to adjust our weekend runs this week as well. With a matinee Messiah performance scheduled Sunday afternoon, there was no way we were going to get our planned 22 miles in. I worked from home Friday and we knocked out our 11 miles early in the morning.  I was only a little late logging into my laptop. For today, we had a 5-mile race in Baltimore, and were going to hit the NCR Trail for 17 miles.

But our plans changed.

While the race wasn't canceled, it was my first DNS (Did Not Start). Because I woke up to this:

Even I wouldn't run in this...

It was still coming down hard, and our winter storm warning had been upgraded to a blizzard warning, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There was no way I was getting caught in that!

So I puttered around the house for a while until I finally was ready to start moving. And attempt a very, very long day on the treadmill.

Usually I get bored with the treadmill kind of quickly. My longest treadmill run previously was only 6 miles. But I really wanted to get my last long run done!

I propped my laptop on top of the treadmill so I could catch up on some TV shows, set up an interval timer, and started my run. I did run/walk intervals just like I've been doing for all of my long runs. It wasn't all that annoying to keep changing the speed -- it felt good to change up the pace.

I took breaks after each episode -- stretching, checking Facebook, Twitter and email, and taking photos. It was kind of nice to wander around the house for a few minutes. I was definitely glad I wasn't outside!

snowy yard

I watched four episodes of Melrose Place, one 90210, and one Desperate Housewives. That sounds like a lot, but hour-long shows are only about 40 minutes each when you watch commercial-free versions online. When that DH episode ended at 20.1 miles, I decided that was enough!

We only wanted the 22 for a confidence-builder. If I can survive 20 on the treadmill, I'm more than ready for this race!


At 8:30 AM, December 20, 2009, Anonymous MCM Mama said...

Imressive. I managed 7.4 on the treadmill on Friday while my 4 year old watch videos on the mac. I'm about to hit the mill again as the 16+ inches of snow and unplowed roads will make it a bit difficult to get out there and run today.


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