|Sunday, 10/22/11||4 miles||4 miles|
|Monday, 10/23/11||6 miles||4 miles|
|Tuesday, 10/24/11||Rest day||3 miles|
|Wednesday, 10/25/11||5 miles||5.5 miles|
|Thursday, 10/26/11||Strength training||3.5 mile interval run and upper body strength training|
|Friday, 10/27/11||Rest day||Rest day|
|Saturday, 10/28/11||12 miles||15 miles|
At the beginning of the week I was really struggling with my runs. I ran a sluggish 4 miles on Sunday. Monday morning was worse. I had a scheduled six mile run but from the second my feet hit the ground I wanted to quit. I felt off. I pushed on for 4 miles but then I made a decision to end the run. I wasn’t giving it my all. I was practically walking at the end. I knew that the next day was a planned rest day but I could sneak a run in if I wanted to.
I set out for a run on Tuesday after my husband got home from work. I contemplated going to Zumba, but the weather was nice. It was a perfect cool, crisp fall day. I wanted to feel the leaves crunch under my feet. I ran a 3 mile loop around where I live and just like that I felt things begin to click back into place. My pace was quicker, my breathing better, and I was moving comfortably on my feet. That unplanned short run seemed to reignite the running fire. Wednesday’s run went well. On Thursday I felt ready for a speed workout on the treadmill having been inspired by Biz’s 6 minute mile. She rocks a 6 minute mile pace for one minute. Incredible! It is amazing what our bodies are capable of when we push out of our comfort zone a little bit. I didn’t get up to 10 mph but I did get up to 9 mph for 20 seconds twice! I ended up running a total of 3.5 miles and then did some upper body strength training at the gym. Friday I rested in preparation for my long run on Saturday.
I knew that I had to get the long run done on Saturday because of the predicted snow. I stopped home quickly after work on Saturday morning and changed into my running clothes. I had a 12 mile run planned. I am so bored with running locations right now. I ran out the front door and let my legs guide me. I was in the zone. I felt like Forrest Gump! I ran and ran until I reached my favorite reservoir in the next town. Turns out it’s really only about 6.5 miles away. I ran one 3.5 mile loop around the reservoir and then back home a different way. My 12 mile run turned into 15 and for the first time since I began marathon training I was sure I could have run a marathon. I really wanted to complete 17 miles. I could have done it, but my son’s soccer jamboree was set to begin in an hour and I had to get ready. I experienced the glow of my runner’s high all day long. Seriously I wanted to tell everyone I came in contact with, “Hi my name is Aimee and I ran 15 miles this morning!” I mean come on who am I? I am the girl who “can’t” run, right? Not any more. I may not be super fast or have long slender legs, but I am proof that anyone can run.
I started this blog to document my marathon training so I could look back at the journey. Although I hoped people would pop by and give it a read I didn’t count on the support I have received through the comments left here. I am truly grateful. I read all the comments and try to respond back. I also visit the blogs of everyone who comments and I have discovered some wonderful, inspiring new blogs. Thank you so much for reading.
Glad you found your running fire Aimee! Woot on the speed training too. It’s weird how our bodies work – sometimes I feel like I could run forever, then next day I want to quit at 1/2 a mile!
That’s awesome! I can’t wait until I can run that far.
I also love the Forest Gump James-Fixxish kind of running in the movie. I remember in the 70’s when everybody’s neighbor or aunt decided to take up running. I used to run around the block over and over in my red Sears tennies. I totally understand why you would call your state of mind that when you were in the zone. You’re doing so well.
You go girl !!!
Have a nice weekend! Beijinhos.
Awesome workouts this week!
Amazing in Motion is right, Aimee! And don’t you just LOVE when a good run like that happens?! Congrats on a great week!
Thanks Marisa. It’s true, there is nothing better than a smooth run when everything just feels right.
Aimee…you continue to be such an inspiration…15 miles…WOW! That’s awesome and you should feel proud!
Thank you so much Kaye. It feels great.