Week 2 of my marathon training is over!
I did the 6-miler today. WOW. It was TOUGH. Run #2 in the new Brooks shoes was a bit better than Thursday…only a little bit of numbness…but I don’t really like them any better. The cushioning under the ball of my foot doesn’t feel right, almost like there’s a ridge there that runs diagonally from my instep up to my pinkie toe. Sigh. Might give ’em one or two more chances…my next three runs are 3, 4, and 3…but I keep thinking of the Sauconys I passed up and wishing I’d gone to a place where I knew there would be no beef about returning them. Maybe PRR will still accept an exchange, but I might be stuck with ’em.
Anyway…the run. I find I live in a bowl. Both ends of the main road of my neighborhood go UP. Like, the kind of up you don’t really notice much in a car, but KICK YOUR BUTT when you’re running. I’m hoping that within a couple weeks, they’ll seem like nothing to me, because I’m sure they are, but for right now…they’re HARD! I walked from my house a few blocks to one end of my neighborhood, and then ran all the way to the other end, starting at one stoplight post and not stopping till I slapped the stoplight post 3.5 miles away. At that point, I must admit I walked two minutes (damn near crawled, to tell you the truth), but started up again and made it back to the stop sign at the 5-mile point, walked another two minutes, and finished it out all the way to the end.
Total time: 1:07:02. Pace was 11:08…still almost half a minute per mile faster than my usual pace.
So…all told, I feel like I did pretty well. I certainly was exhausted at the end, which told me I’d pushed hard…and while the two little walks kept this from being a “perfect” run, I’m very proud of my effort. I have three “short” runs this week, and I hope to use them to overcome a few trouble spots on my route that seem to psych me out every time (all uphills late in the route)…and by the time I do a 7 next Saturday, I just might have a shot at going the whole distance.
Er, I mean, I WILL go the whole distance!! =)
Soooo…that’s the report. I’m looking forward to this week because it’ll be the first week that I don’t foresee ANY trouble making all four runs (even though I go back to work on Monday)…so I’m interested to see how I’ll feel running 4 times a week for the first time, instead of 2 or 3.
This week’s mileage: 13. (supposed to be 16)
Next week’s mileage: 17.