Four weeks down and just 54 days to go until the Air Force Marathon! Less than 2 months away until race day. I certainly am looking forward to this race, but I am still unsure if I should “go for it” or not. What exactly does that mean? Well, the idea of going sub-5 has been a goal of mine since starting on my marathon journey. This is a goal I want so badly and I feel like it’s within my reach, but just not sure if Air Force is the right time to go for it. I don’t do well in the heat and mid-September is still an unknown for weather. The course also isn’t the flattest and fastest.
So, I guess I need to make the decision. Is this the race? Do I go for it? I feel like if I don’t either put my foot down and say yes or even no, I’ll keep debating it up until race day. The one thing to consider as well is that if I miss it at Air Force, I do have a chance in October at Monsters Mash. Conditions might certainly be more ideal there, but it would mean so much more if I could get it at Air Force.
This past week was a pretty solid week. Even on the road, I found a local high school and hit the track on Tuesday. It was a great workout and when I was looking at my times and where they should be against the Jack Daniels’ VDot, I was much faster. I think I was most proud of my 200’s as they each got faster and on average I was about 12 seconds faster than what my fastest pace should have been.
Monday: 30m Elliptical
Tuesday: 5 miles, 55:50, 11:10/mile (4×400, 4×200, 4×100, & 4×50 w/200 rest & 400 rest between each series)
Wednesday: 5 miles, 48:10, 9:38/mile
Thursday: 4.3 miles, 45:55, 10:41/mile
Saturday: 11 miles, 2:12:58, 12:05/mile
Sunday: 7 miles, 1:19:14, 11:19/mile
Total Miles: 32.3 miles
Despite the heat that was rolling in, I crushed my Wednesday night run around Cooper Lake in NJ and did an easier slow run on Thursday. I wanted to get 5 miles, but I ended up seeing an old crossfit friend on my and we chatted for a bit halfway through my run. By the time I got to the crossroad by my apt, I was at 4.3 miles and decided to call it a night. I was completely fine with those miles.
Then the weekend came alone and with it came the heat of hell. Oh boy. It was miserable. My Saturday morning run was slated for 16 miles. Well, I got in a few early miles pre-group run and then went for another 8 more. After the first 5 mile loop, Joanna and I split out on our own to do another 5 and then I would do another 2 on my own. Well, at 1.5 miles in, we looked at each and just were dying. We decided to play it safe and call it. Sure, I lost several miles, but those 5 miles were not worth it in that ridiculous heat. I settled for 11 miles and called it a day.
I knew I wanted to get in some miles on Sunday, so I was happy when I headed out and felt the temps were not as bad as the morning before. There was not necessarily a goal, but I felt if I could get 5-7 miles, that would be good. I need to start running on Sundays to get that feeling of tired legs, plus if I want to do my own Texas Goofy in just 4.5 months, I really should start doing the back to back long runs.
I’m glad I got out there because it was a fantastic run! That first mile was rough, but I ended up having negative splits, with the last one at 10:40. It was definitely worth the sweat fest. Once I cleaned myself up, I joined Elle and some of the members of the local Red White & Blue Running group for the Pirates game. Well, that ended up being another sweat fest, but it was a lot of fun! So glad I took off for the day and got to enjoy a normal Sunday.