Anyway, Jerry is home now. I didn't mention that he was gone (for safety reasons--not a good idea to announce that my husband will be gone for several days), but he went to visit John in San Diego. The whole thing came about in August when John and I were planning the Ragnar SoCal for April. Jerry was really bummed that he won't be able to go, due to work, and I would feel bad going without him. So John and I planned a surprise trip for Jerry for his birthday! He went to San Diego on Thursday, stayed at John's house for four nights, and came home yesterday.
|Joe (a friend of John's), John, and Jerry|
So, back to the norm today. This morning, I had my very last interval run on the schedule for marathon training! On the schedule was 6 x 1 mile at 8:48 pace with 400m jogs. Basically, that means I was supposed to run 1 mile at 8:48 pace, and then jog 1/4 mile to recover... and repeat for a total of 6 times.
As soon as the kids left for school, I headed out. It was really foggy this morning. I did an out-and-back route, turning around at the 3.75 mile mark. I was really determined to hit all of my goal splits. I felt really good, except for the fourth interval, when I got a sharp stitch in my side. I just ran through it, and when I started the fifth interval, it went away.
I'm amazed at how fast the run goes by when I do intervals! While I'm running, I'm only focused on reaching the end of that interval, rather than the end of the run. Before I knew it, I'd reached 7.5 miles and I was back home. I surpassed my goal on all of them!
I only have one more hard workout, and then it's all easy runs until the marathon. Tomorrow is a rest day, and then Thursday is my most dreaded run of the week--10 miles at 8:58/mi pace. After Thursday, though, I should really start to feel like I'm tapering, because my runs will be shorter and at easy pace.
I don't know what started it, but I have been kind of obsessed with bagels lately. Today, while I was running, I kept telling myself that if I hit all of my splits, then I would get a Pink Ribbon bagel from Panera (only available in October). I've never tried them, but have heard they are amazing. So I was very happy to hit my goal paces! On the way to Panera, however, I called to make sure they had them. They told me they sold out by 9:00 this morning :(
I still really wanted a bagel, though, so I got a jalapeno cheddar one from Kroger. It was good, but I don't think I'd get it again. I'm going to try and go to Panera first thing on Thursday to get a Pink Ribbon bagel, and then I'll eat that after my 10-miler.
Tomorrow is my weigh-in, and I'm actually looking forward to it. I've stayed 100% on plan all week!