Saturday, February 26, 2011

Reward for getting out of bed

I am so glad I got out there this morning, and I survived 14 miles to boot. My body was screaming at me when I got up, the same dehydration/achiness/headaches/sniffles that I've had all week. Normally I run with the 10:30s, today I started with the 11s and felt pretty horrid the first two miles. At the first water stop I dropped back to the 11:30s and then I started feeling better.

I noticed yesterday in spin class and the two miles I ran that my heart rate was way up, so I tried to pay attention to that today. My average was around 140 -- that's usually where I am at a 10:30 pace so I'm glad I dropped back. I missed the people I've gotten to know in the 10:30s, but the 11:30s were a very enjoyable group to run with.

The weather was nice, cold but not too cold. We were on the streets of Worthington, as opposed to the trail, so it was very hilly. My legs are rudely informing me that they did not appreciate the inclines.

The long run is 16 next week and 18 the week after. The next week is a taper week at 10, and I'm doing Conquer the Creek in Columbus.

I ended up with 24 miles this week, not bad -- all things considered. (continued)

Here are my splits for today... slower, but I got it done, and that's all that really matters.

  • Average: 11:23 
  • Mile 1: 10:27 
  • Mile 2: 10:38 
  • Mile 3: 11:26 
  • Mile 4: 11:31 
  • Mile 5: 11:46 
  • Mile 6: 11:30 
  • Mile 7: 11:28 
  • Mile 8: 11:19 
  • Mile 9: 11:36 
  • Mile 10: 11:24 
  • Mile 11: 11:41 
  • Mile 12: 11:37 
  • Mile 13: 11:18 
  • Mile 14: 11:34

Today's map and elevation chart, interactive at the Daily Mile: 

And now it's naptime. Looking at the training schedule, I'll probably run 3 Monday, 4 Tuesday, 7 Wednesday, 4 Thursday plus spin class, ST and yoga!


  1. Great job listening to your body! I am not sure my IT band could have tolerated those hills today. What are u doing for mileage next week? I see there is 37 on the plan, but that is a huge jump (28 for me this week). I may skim a mile or 2 off of some of the days, but not eliminate any days.

  2. Great job, Jessica! I hope you are feeling better after your nap. I just woke up from a very long nap and my quads are also letting me know they did not appreciate the hills! See you soon. ;)

  3. Sounds like a great run! I can't wait to be able to run that far. Hope you got a good nap and feel better!

  4. Thanks for the comments!!
    @Kim: I haven't looked yet. I never do the full thing though, I always take Friday as a rest day and sometimes I just do 3 on Monday.
    @Sara: Thanks! Getting out of bed took several tries, I'm sore hehe.
    @Laura: You'll get there! You'll dominate your half then be ready for a full in no time!!

  5. Sounds like you know how to listen to your body! Doesn't it feel great to cover that sort of mileage, even if it's slow? Have a great week.