I'm at that point in the marathon training cycle where I'm ready to be done. A hair over 3 weeks to go, I'm ready to be done! All the excitement is starting to brew. After Sunday's awesome race I came into this week with a ton of confidence, though not a ton of desire for what the week had in store.
Monday I took off except to go to PT to get stretched out. PT Pete says I'm looking really good and it turns out, he and his partner John have a bet about me and Hilary and Boston, though neither would disclose the details. Silly boys. Hilary and I dont even get competitive with each other.
Tues: 9 miles with 4x1200. I did these around the Res. in Central Park. It was windy. I was tired. I averaged about 7:20 pace for the repeats. I know I can run them faster, but coming off the race and all...that'll do.
Today: Last 20 miler!
Before I go into details about that, let's back up to yesterday:
Yesterday was International Waffle Day. To celebrate, I went out with Liz, Mariela, and Sharon. While these girls claim to be my friends, they let me eat a nutella waffle sundae for dinner. It was gross. I ate the whole thing.
I had a totally awesome 20 miler today! Ishii and Sharon joined me for parts of it. While the forecast was calling for rain and even snow, we had none of it. Wind, however, we had. The temp. just below 50 and by the end, mostly blue skies.
I averaged 9:05 pace, running the last 6 miles under 9 minute pace. Man, I felt SO GOOD. All this on lower milage than last cycle.
So I've been toying with Boston goals. So hard to say up until now with my lower milage and the mental and physical aspects of coming back from an injury. All that said, I think I'm going to go for something in the high 3:30s. All signs point to me being able to do that, but as we all know, I still gonna run the thing.