Monday, September 17, 2012

6 weeks to go ...

6 weeks left until Marine Corps Marathon on October 28th.  6 weeks.  I kind of can't believe it.  In some ways, I feel like I have been training for this race for forever and in other ways I feel like it is just still so very far away.  6 weeks feels like a long time but I know it will be here so soon.

Yesterday I set out for another long run.  The goal was to feel comfortable the whole time, to try to negative split it if I could (I am working on starting slower and easing into a faster yet still comfortable pace) and hopefully come in with my average pace somewhere around an 8:00/mile.

Here are my splits for my 21 mile long run yesterday:

Mile 1 - 8:42
Mile 2 - 8:26
Mile 3 - 8:00
Mile 4 - 8:05
Mile 5 - 8:07
Mile 6 - 8:05
Mile 7 - 7:57
Mile 8 - 8:18
Mile 9 - 7:54
Mile 10 - 7:52
Mile 11 - 7:44
Mile 12 - 7:59
Mile 13 -7:57
Mile 14 - 7:54
Mile 15 - 7:49
Mile 16 - 7:29
Mile 17 - 7:51
Mile 18 - 8:05
Mile 19 - 8:08
Mile 20 - 8:16
Mile 21 - 7:50

Average pace - 8:01.  Second half for sure faster than the first.  I did what I set out to do.

I'm at this point in my training where every week I reach a new mileage high.  Not by much - I am inching upwards very conservatively by just a few miles more each week and also take a step back every few weeks - but nevertheless I have never run so many miles in my life.  And I have never felt better or stronger.

78.98 miles total last week.  And this week I am going to hit 80 for the first time in my life if all goes according to plan.  I am getting really close to hitting the peak of my training and then it will be time to taper.

MCM, I am coming for you!!  6 weeks til go time.


Nice run, Jessica! And great job on that mileage increase, too.

Awesome long run, Jess!!!! Can't wait to live vicariously through you in 6 weeks!!! You are going to crush MCM!!!!

Girl! You are so ready!! I love like-minded moms and runners. I think you are going to have an incredible race and amaze yourself!! :) Hugs!

Awesome negative split long run! I have never hit 80 miles before -- what a great couple of weeks of training you are in right now. You are seriously going to kill it at MCM. Yes, 6 weeks still seems like a lot but it is really 3 weeks of training and then almost 3 weeks of taper. You are almost there!

80 miles?! That's incredible, Jess! You have had an awesome training cycle- congrats!

Next training cycle I hope to hit 80 miles! The most i have done is 72 and I really think more mileage helps!

i love following your training. it really is such an inspiration and i can’t wait to be doing the same!! you are going to KILL it. :)

Way to go -- peaking at 80 miles! I see a great PR coming.

That is an awesome 21 miler. I am excited for you to run MC because I know that you are going to PR. The next 6 weeks will fly by. You are amazing and you are going to do great.

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